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Worcester Return For Veteran Defender

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Midland League Premier Division club Worcester City have completed the signing of former defender Wayne Thomas.

Thomas, who City supporters will remember from the FA Cup run in 2014 and matches against Coventry City and Scunthorpe United, went straight into the team that shared a draw with South Normanton Athletic on Saturday.

Most recently, Thomas had been player-manager at Evo-Stik League Premier outfit Rushall Olympic.

The former Stoke City, Southampton and Burnley defender is a UEFA A Licence coach, and his playing career as a no-nonsense centre-back saw him appear over 500 times for a number of clubs and command a transfer fee of £1 million when moving to Southampton in the summer of 2007.
Now developing a reputation as a talented coach, the 38-year-old has worked within the academy of New York Red Bulls and coaches the under-19s at one of his former clubs, Kidderminster Harriers.

Following the signing, City`s management team John Snape and Lee Hughes commented: “We felt we needed some further strengthening with our defensive options and Tommo was keen to come in and help. We know that he is a fans` favourite and we believe he has the experience to help our defensive unit”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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