Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club Workington have been rocked by a second bombshell, just days after Tom Kilifin announced that he was leaving the club.
Phil McLuckie, a fans favourite and in his tenth season with the club, announced his intention to quit on Monday with immediate effect.
He held a long, emotional conversation with joint-manager David Hewson saying he no longer has the drive, enthusiasm or commitment needed to compete at this level.
Phil has always given 100% in his time at the club so for him to say he no longer has the desire is a concern.
He also feels it is harder to recover after games with injuries beginning to take their toll and doesn’t want that to impact on his career outside football.
After making his debut during the 2007-08 season, Phil has made 279 starts for Reds with a further 66 appearances as a substitute. He has scored thirty goals in a distinguished career which saw him make his Workington bow as a right fullback and blossom into an accomplished midfield dynamo.
He has been a consistent performer, the driving force and an unsung hero and will be a hard act to follow.
Hewson commented, “We are obviously very very sad to see Phil leave and did all we can to get him to reconsider. He has been such a huge player for the club for so many years and a pivotal figure In our promotion push last season. We fully respect Phil’s reasons and wish him all the very best in the future.”
Source: Workington AFC