We are delighted that Connor Wilkinson has re-signed for Fylde’s 2020-21 campaign in National Two (North).
Connor’s rugby education came through Preston Grasshoppers Mini-Juniors and at Kirkham Grammar School where he became a first choice player through the various age levels, skippering the teams including the 1st XV. He also represented Lancashire at U’14s-U’16s levels before moving on to the Sale Sharks development system. He comes from a sporting family, including three talented sons – rugby is deep in his DNA.
Connor (23) earned a rugby scholarship at Manchester Metropolitan University, was a regular in the University’s successful BUCS squad (including skippering MMU 7s team) and has achieved representative honours for England Students and for the touring England Counties U’20s squad. He’s also made a number of appearances for Sharks Jets, the Sharks 7s squads and more recently for the senior Lancashire team in the County Championship.
He made his Fylde National League debut in Feb 2016 and he became a 1st choice centre in 2017-18, making 108 appearances to date and scoring 47 tries. He’s a clever, creative player who does his share of tackling and covering, and he’s a crowd favourite too. He’s proved incredibly durable, with 84 appearances in Fylde’s 85 National League fixtures in the last three seasons, mainly at centre, occasionally at fullback.
Warren Spragg said: “Warren Spragg said: “Connor is a class act and a pleasure to coach. He’s a rare breed of player who would play every day of the week if he could and I love it when players have that amount of enthusiasm for the game. He is always one of our top performers and I am excited that he wants to continue his time at Fylde.”
Connor Wilkinson said: “I’m excited to start back up at Fylde in the upcoming season. We’ve got a great young squad within the Club with talent across the board.
“It’s excellent to see most of the squad staying on which shows we are all on the same page and want the Club to progress. It’s sad to see Adam Lewis retire. He was a huge personality on and off the pitch and I wish him all the best for the future.
“We can take a lot of positives from last season and hope to push on and go one better in 2020-21. I’m excited to get back to training with the lads and looking forward to the start of the season, whenever that may be.”