Former Premier League Star Training With Hawks
Nigel Reo-Coker Today Confirmed That He Is Training With Whitehawk FC
Thirty-three year old Englishman Nigel Reo-Coker announced on his official Twitter account today that he is training with Sky Bet League Two side Whitehawk Football Club, where the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, is currently set to undergo his fourth season in management at the Brighton-based club. The former West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers captain is set to train with The Hawks for the whole month of August, hoping to secure a full-time contract at the club.
Nigel Reo-Coker: "I'm delighted to be training with Whitehawk and I am very grateful to Prince William for giving me the opportunity to maintain my fitness. I'm coming to the twilight years of my career now and playing time was scarce for me last season at Burnley, forcing me to go on loan at Exeter to continue playing. The last few seasons have been tough for me but I am determined to get back in shape and get back on form. If I train well enough, hopefully I can get a contract here at Whitehawk or elsewhere in England."
The London-born man started his career at Wimbledon (the original Wimbledon) and made his debut for them in the Championship in the 2001/2002 season. After a couple of impressive seasons, West Ham came knocking and Reo-Coker made a £575,000 move to The Hammers. He was pivotal in the club's promotion to the Premier League after winning the Championship play-off in 2004/2005, and he was instrumental as the club reached the FA Cup final the following season, only to come runners-up to Liverpool after losing on penalties when the score after extra-time was 3-3. The next season proved to be Nigel Reo-Coker's last at West Ham before moving on but it is worth noting that his influence on the pitch did earn him the captain's armband at West Ham during his time there.
In the 2007/2008 season, Aston Villa had a large £8,500,000 bid accepted for Nigel Reo-Coker and the midfielder made his move to the Birmingham based club. Reo-Coker enjoyed a fruitful four years with The Villans and despite an injury-plagued 2009/2010 season, he made a total of 102 league appearances for Aston Villa. The 2010/2011 season proved to be Reo-Coker's last at Aston Villa but it was during this time where he became captain during Stilyan Petrov's frequent injury spells. After being released that summer, enjoyed one-season spells at both Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League, where he became captain, and then at Ipswich Town in the Championship.
In 2013, he signed for MLS side Vancouver and played 42 league games for them before moving to Chivas (USA) midway through 2014. However, after a fall out with the management team there, Nigel Reo-Coker returned to England in January 2015 to Middlebrough in the Championship, making 23 league appearances in one and a half seasons. Last season (2016/2017) saw Nigel sign for Burnley in the Championship but having only made two appearances from August to January, he moved to Exeter in League 2 on loan, making 13 appearances. He became a free transfer in the summer and is still looking for a club. Is Whitehawk the answer?
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