10th Jul, 2020

Dan’s the man in goal next season

Rob George 10th Jun, 2020

CITY stopper Dan Jezeph is one of half a dozen players to pledge their immediate futures to Worcester City as the Blue and Whites get set for a return home to Claines Lane next season.

The keeper has made 47 appearances for the club so far and has established himself in the number one jersey.

Former Tamworth stopper Jezeph will line up between the sticks when non-League football resumes in the autumn for a second full season with City, having featured regularly during the aborted 2019/20 Midland Premier Division campaign.

Manager Ash Vincent had his say on confirmation of the signing and said: “We are delighted to have agreed terms with Dan for the new season. This will be his second full season and I firmly believe we have a keeper who is one of the best outside of of step two.

“He has a bright future ahead of him and I hope that is with Worcester City FC.”

Centre back Joe Hawkins has also signed on the dotted line for the new season. He was spotted during pre-season last summer playing for Cradley Town where he impressed club chiefs with his qualities.

Hawkins made 20 appearances last season and would have played more had he not suffered an injury against Malvern Town in the Worcestershire Senior Cup.

“Joe was brilliant for us last season. The qualities we saw during pre-season when he played against us continued into the season with his no-nonsense, old school, central defender qualities,” Vincent said.

“He rarely misses a header and loves to get stuck in – we are delighted Joe jumped at the chance to continue with the club for the new season.”

Another to sign up is Luke English. Now going into his third season with the club, English has made 66 appearance’s in the last two seasons – 65 of which have been starts.

“Luke has been brilliant for the club, a very consistent performer and is one of the leaders within the dressing room, so it’s fantastic that he has agreed to stay for another season,” Vincent said.

Jamie Smith has agreed another deal to extend his stay into a seventh year. He has been an ever-present first team player for the last three years in the Midland Football League.

Defensive lynchpin Nat Kelly has agreed a deal for the new campaign. Kelly suffered a serious injury early in the campaign which kept him out for the remainder but continued to support the team and receive treatment.

“It is fantastic to have Natty back, he was a big miss for us last season after his serious injury but is now raring to get going. He will be a huge asset to the team for the new season,” Vincent added.

Chris Withington has agreed terms and will stay at the club into his third season. The engine in midfield has made 61 appearances for City in that time.

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