Goose and Sam ready to re-forge partnership PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Monday, 01 March 2021

dan wordsworth 2.pngWorkington Reds have been given another boost with a double re-signing - defensive duo Dan Wordsworth and Sam Smith.

The pair have flourished under manager Danny Grainger and were both delighted to put pen to paper again extending their Reds careers.

Wordsworth, 30, will be entering his tenth season in 2021-22 and the tough-as-teak central defender has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance under Granger and his assistant Stephen Rudd.

Always totally committed, Goose had a poor disciplinary record when Reds lost their NPL Premier Division status in 2018--19 and there were serious question marks about whether he would stay when Grainger arrived.

But a heart-to-heart between the pair resulted in an inspiring 2019/20 season from Wordsworth as his consistent performances at the back was the bed-rock on which the team's outstanding season was built.

He told the Reds official website: "It didn't take long to get sorted actually once I had spoken to Danny and Ruddy. I'm not likely to be going anywhere else, especially at my age."

Wordsworth, who started his career with Carlisle United and had a loan spell with Kendal, has played 250 games for the Reds broken when he went on an extended back-packing trip to Australia.

Aldo back again is another long-serving Workington defender, Sam Smith, who has defied a series of ankle injuries to come back strongly and regain his place in the starting line-up.

Delighted that he's been invited to re-sign again Smith, 26, has made 193 appearances for Reds and he said: "I am totally focused on next season and getting finished what we've started twice - winning promotion." sam smith 2.png

Smith, a Workington lad, and Carlisle-based Wordsworth have both been welcomed back by Grainger and Rudd who have now re-signed five key players - captain Conor Tinnion, Scott Allison and Brad Carroll were the previous three. 



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