Wing wizard Jack Wilkinson returns to Haverhill Rovers

FOOTBALL - FA Trophey - Needham Market v Maidstone United''Pictured: Jack Wilkinson
FOOTBALL - FA Trophey - Needham Market v Maidstone United''Pictured: Jack Wilkinson

Wing wizard Jack Wilkinson has returned to the New Croft to help ignite Haverhill Rovers’ stuttering push for promotion.

Wilkinson was loaned to Rovers for the 2011-12 campaign, and was the team’s stand-out performer as he played in 33 of Rovers’ 40 league games as they finished 14th.

The 20 year old ended the season as the team’s second highest goal scorer, his nine strikes second only to Dan Cornwell’s 17.

After seeing his success in the Ridgeons Premier League, he was called back to parent club Needham Market as they looked to make up for last season’s play-off final heartache and push on into the Ryman Premier Division this season.

However, after being released from the club now languishing 13th in the division, he has returned to the New Croft to add a bit of flare down the flanks, signing for the club on Tuesday (January 22).

Rovers manager Ali Shulver said: “He’s dead keen to get playing for us now. We have been in a bit of a battle with Mildenhall and Hadleigh and some other clubs and he has probably taken less money to come to Haverhill, but one thing he said is that he knows the club and now wants to get out and play.

“I think what he will definitely bring is an injection of energy into the team as he’s someone who will always give 100 per cent commitment to work, and that will give the team as a whole more energy.”

Wilkinson played down the left wing in his last spell at Rovers, but can also play at left back and in central midfield.

“He can play in various positions and it’s good to have someone that flexible,” added Shulver.

“I may play him in centre midfield for the first game with Marc Abbott suspended.

“He’s a big threat wide left but is happy to play centrally too.”

Shulver expects Saturday’s (January 26) Thurlow Nunn Premier League clash at FC Clacton to go ahead.

Cornwell will likely miss the trip with a knee ligament strain, while Sam Holmes will be out for another fortnight and Jamie Challis for a couple of months.

For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, January 24) Echo.