Fylde’s top try scorer in last two seasons, Tom Carleton, has committed himself to the Woodlands club for another campaign.
The former Kirkham Grammar School star made his 1st team starting debut in March 2017 at the Woodlands against Cambridge. It was an inauspicious beginning as he suffered concussion in the 1st half and was replaced at half-time. The rest of his Fylde career has been quite different. He returned for the last three games of the season and has been ever present since, an astonishing sequence of 63 consecutive National League games. Add in Lancashire U’20s commitments, two overseas tours with England Counties U’20s and making his senior Lancashire debut in three County Championship fixtures in May 2019 and the playing load on the 21 year old becomes abundantly clear.
Sometimes as a winger, more usually at fullback, Tom has demonstrated exceptional strike running which has brought him 37 tries in 66 Fylde appearances. Spectators take notice whenever he has possession in open field positions and he has become a real crowd favourite amongst the Woodlands faithful. And not just amongst the spectators. The respect he has earned amongst his team mates has resulted in him winning the Players’ Player Award at the end of both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
Warren Spragg said: “Tom’s attacking ability has had a considerable amount of coverage since breaking into the 1st team squad and this is something we all enjoying watching. He has worked really hard over the last season to try and develop some parts of his game that aren’t yet up to the same level and I am sure that he is now ready to go out and perform at his best on a weekly basis in all aspects of the game.
“For me he is the most exciting outside back in this league and it is great for the club that he wants to stay and play here with a group who are growing up together on and off the pitch.”
Tom Carleton said: “The opportunity to play for Fylde for another season whilst going into my final year of university is one I am really looking forward to. This off-season has given me time to refresh, both physically and mentally, in preparation for what has the potential to be a great year for the Club, and I’m looking forward to playing my part in that.”