Wayne Thomas Joins New York Red Bulls Coaching Staff
Former Claret and Worcester City defender Wayne Thomas, one of the stars of the Conference North side’s autumn FA Cup heroics, has left Aggborough to take up a coaching job with New York Red Bulls.
The 35-year-old ex-Stoke City, Burnley and Southampton stalwart is to become an academy coach with the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference outfit. Thomas played his last game for City in the 1-1 draw with Guiseley earlier this month. Signed by Heeley from Tamworth in January 2014, he has played a key role for the non-league club.
He starred in their headline-making autumn FA Cup run in which they beat 1987 winners Coventry City and then took League One side Scunthorpe United to a replay, which City lost after Thomas missed the key spot-kick in a competition record 14-13 penalty shootout at Aggborough.
Thomas even went in goal, keeping a clean sheet when City were left without a recognised goalkeeper after Jose Veiga picked up an injury 30 seconds into the 2-0 league win over Harrogate Town in October.
Worcester City manager Carl Heeley said, “We needed an experienced central defender last season and Wayne came in and was immense. You cannot underestimate just how influential that man has been for this club.
Wayne is at the back-end of his playing career and had an opportunity to take a coaching role with New York Red Bulls in their academy set-up, he asked me if I would release him from his contract and obviously I couldn’t hold him back so I said yes, Wayne go’s to New York with our best wishes.”