Wick Football Club have today announced the signing of former Premiership striker Marcus Bent, pending international clearance. In what is seen as a massive coup for a club from the Southern Combination League Division One, the signing is sure to send shockwaves around the footballing world.
Bent, who enjoyed a career spanning 574 games and 113 goals and one England Under 21 cap, has agreed to become involved at Crabtree Park due to a long standing friendship with new Wickers chairman Rodney Lampton and was impressed with the facilities on offer at Crabtree Park and those involved with the running of the club.
Although not expected to be donning the boots every Saturday afternoon, Bent has agreed to be of help and advice to manager Lee Baldwin alongside any playing commitments to push the club as high up the footballing ladder as is possible.
Bent will look to use the club as a base for his soccer schools in the near future and also bring to the club the help and experience of a number of ex Premier League players as Wick look to move up the divisions to become one of the biggest non league clubs in the area.
Lampton is pleased to get Bent on board and having sold his vision of where the club is heading, Bent was only too happy to get involved. Lampton said 'I feel this is a statement of our intent on the direction in which we want to take this football club. The facilities here are already of a good standard, but we plan to improve further on what we have and make this club a real force, and getting Marcus on board is just the beginning. We want buy in from everyone to help us achieve what we think and where we can take this club, I'm excited to get started'.
Updated 17:35 - 14 Sep 2017 by Trevor Knell