We are delighted to announce that Alex Fletcher, who suffered a serious head injury last November when at the club’s home ground Twerton Park, has been cleared to play and has signed a contract with the club.
He joined the squad in full training on Thursday August 3rd, taking part in a small sided game in the team’s last training session before their league campaign begins on August 5th at Dartford in the Vanarama National League South.
Manager Jerry Gill said; “To see Alex back in full contact training within the group, having been given the all clear from the specialists, is so inspiring. It’s credit to his positive and determined mindset to how far he has come since that awful night back last year. We will continue to work with him and not rush anything at this stage, but it won’t be long until we see him back out on the pitch in a Bath City shirt.”
The news of Alex’s possible return was learnt recently, after most of the squad had been secured for the 2023/24 season. The Club is therefore very grateful to The Supporters’ Society and all the fans who have contributed to the Squad Builder campaign for supporting the playing budget. This has enabled the club to offer the short-term contract to the Devon based player with all parties hoping that his return to playing goes smoothly and he becomes a regular in the side once more for the forthcoming season.
Alex said; “After a turbulent time for me, my family, my close friends and everybody connected with Bath City, I’m absolutely delighted to not only have the opportunity to get back on the pitch, but to continue playing my part for this amazing football club.
“Nobody will ever understand how many times I’ve played out the scenarios in my mind. The next time stepping back onto Twerton Park with the number 7 on my back, my next goal, my next win as a Roman. It’s truthfully what’s been keeping me going throughout my entire recovery.
“For now, like we all are, I’m optimistic for the upcoming season ahead and I’m fully committed to exceeding the levels I hit before my accident, which in my mind is now a moment in time that I can move beyond.”
Alex will travel to Dartford with the team on Saturday but will not part of the matchday squad. Bath City’s next home game is on Saturday August 12th against Maidstone United.