Skelmersdale United’s reigning Player of the Year Phil Mooney has committed his future to the club for the upcoming season.

Phil began his career here at Skelmersdale with a youth debut against Squires Gate (Lancashire Challenge Cup) back in October 2007, a week after his 16th birthday before making his full debut around 12 months later against Formby in the Liverpool Senior Cup. He remained at the club for the next three seasons with a total of 35 appearances and three goals.

The following two seasons saw Phil spend time at Cammell Lairds and Warrington Town before returning older and wiser in 2014-15, making a further 16 appearances scoring once. He became a firm first team regular in 2015-16 with 36 appearances before becoming the closest to an ever present the club had in 2016-17 with 45 appearances and three goals.

His loyalty to the club during a mixed season was commendable as he remained faithful to the club during the tumultuous management changeover in February and led the side as captain for the remainder of the season under the charge of Alan Rogers and was awarded the Player of the Year accolade.

Phil has represented the club in numerous positions, Right Back, Centre Half, Right Mid and Centre Mid and even as a Striker. His current total for the club stands at 131 appearances, with 7 goals so a milestone 150th appearance is surely to come before the end of the year.
Alan Rogers expressed his joy at Phil’s commitment, “Another good signing for Skem, especially as he is able to play in many positions and is a very important part of what we are trying to build for the coming season.”

Phil himself commented “I’m really happy to be staying for the upcoming season and am looking forward to getting back to training and putting things right on the pitch after a last season’s disappointing campaign. We’ve got a lot of talented young lads and I don’t see any reason why we can’t aim for promotion from Div One North.”

Source: Skelmersdale United

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