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Wexford FC Damian Locke names trio of players rejoining for 2018 season - https://t.co/VOZaSCsEH9 https://t.co/IWeyB65exx

 

Manager Damian Locke has revealed the second signing for the 2018 season, with 2017 top scorer Thomas Croke agreeing to sign for another season at Wexford FC.

 

This is Croke’s second stint at Ferrycarrig Park having played for Wexford Youths in the past, but the 2017 season was one of Croke’s best yet finishing as the club’s top scorer for the season.

 

Speaking to the club media team over the weekend, Croke was delighted to have justified Locke’s faith in him in 2017:

 

“I am delighted to sign back with Wexford for the coming season.  I finished last season in a lot better form than I had started the campaign, so I’m looking forward to carrying that into 2018.” 

“I missed two years at this level as a result of a car crash in 2014, then fractured my ankle on my return in 2015 so it was the gaffer who gave me a chance to step back in a League of Ireland side.  I suppose I owe him a lot for taking a chance on me when so many had written me off”

 

 Croke joins what is one of the youngest squads in the SSE Airtricity League, including in the management setup:

 

“Last year was a learning curve for a lot of us including Damian & Carl [Grehan].  We got to give a lot of kids their debut appearances in a first team setup so they should have learned from the experience and be ready to push on in 2018.”

 

During the week the SSE Airtricity League First Division format was released, with the announcement that the 2nd/3rd/4th placed teams all involved in a promotion/relegation playoff.  Croke welcomed the additional places to play for in the coming year:

 

“The return of the playoff system this year is a massive boost for the club.  There’s an opportunity there for any team to go on a good run and who knows what could happen”

 

Finally, the departure of Craig McCabe was revealed to the fans in the previous week, and Croke was keen to praise the outgoing club captain:

 

Craig leaving is a major blow to the team.  He’s been a great leader and friend over the past 5 years since my first stint at the club.  We all wish him all the best in future

 

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