Blue Square Bet
Published 7th May 2012
Young player of the year Jacob Rowe, striker Michael Taylor and keepers James Dormand and Matt Sargeant have all agreed terms at St George’s Lane.
The news comes hot on the heels of leading scorer Mike Symons penning a new deal as manager Carl Heeley continues towards his aim of retaining the bulk of the squad.
Centre half Rowe scooped his award following a season that has seen the former Birmingham City trainee become an integral part of the Worcester defence. After seeing his campaign delayed by the wait for international clearance following a stint in the USA, he went on to make thirty-three starts alongside Ryan Clarke, Rob Elvins and Stuart Whitehead, who is also on board for next season.
Heeley said: “It took him a while to get a start but there was clear potential there. It’s his first full season but since the turn of the year he’s been superb for us.
“There’s still a lot of improvement in his game and that’s why we are keen to keep him.
“He’s strong with a good turn of pace - he’s a good talker and got all the attributes to become a very good central defender.”
The acquisition of Taylor will also come as welcome news to City fans who quickly warmed to the striker following his goal-scoring league debut against Blyth Spartans on February 25th.
It sparked a four-game winning streak for City but Taylor’s season was cut short by an ankle injury sustained in the 3-2 victory at Boston in March, a game in which he also scored.
Heeley said: “For his first season playing in Blue Square Bet North, he was a major threat.
“He was probably the best partner with Mike Symons over the course of the season and I think he will continue to improve.
“When he got his chance he took it but it was unfortunate he picked up an injury at a crucial stage and we missed him in the last few games of the season.
“He deserved the opportunity and I am sure he will get a lot more starts next season.”
Keepers Dormand and Sargeant are also held in high regard at the Lane and Heeley is pleased to secure their services.
Dormand has been the preferred first choice, making thirty-two starts, but Sargeant is a more than able deputy, as demonstrated with a string of fine saves in the final-day defeat to Workington