City de­fender Walker needs knee surgery

Bangor Mail - - SPORT -

BAN­GOR City de­fender De­clan Walker was due to un­dergo knee surgery this week.

In April, the 24-year old right back suf­fered a re­cur­rence of the in­jury which had side­lined him for the lat­ter half of 2014/15 and be­gin­ning of the 2015/16 Welsh Premier League sea­son.

Miss­ing for the first half of the last cam­paign, Walker even­tu­ally re­turned to ac­tion for the derby clash at MBi Llan­dudno on De­cem­ber 28, which City won 2-1.

The former Wrex­ham player then suf­fered an in­jury at Haver­ford­west County on Fe­bru­ary 13, which saw him sub­sti­tuted at half-time as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

Back in ac­tion for the re­turn fix­ture at Ban­gor on April 2, Walker scored a su­perb goal di­rect from a free kick dur­ing the first half of a 5-2 vic­tory, only to break down with a re­cur­rence of the knee in­jury in the sec­ond pe­riod.

He now faces fur­ther knee surgery and was due to go un­der the knife on Mon­day,

Mean­while, young Ban­gor City for­ward Michael El­stone has put pen to pa­per on a two-year schol­ar­ship deal with English Premier League club Ful­ham.

El­stone, 17, joined the Cit­i­zens at the start of 2015/16, hav­ing pre­vi­ously been a part of the Crewe Alexan­dra youth set-up.

Ini­tially used spar­ingly, the tal­ented for­ward’s pa­tience paid off as he made an in­stant im­pres­sion dur­ing the lat­ter half of the sea­son, net­ting three goals in a to­tal of seven (+8 sub­sti­tute) WPL ap­pear­ances.

Cit­i­zens man­ager Nev Pow­ell said “It’s a fully de­served deal for a tal­ented young player who we hope will go on to do well.

“Ban­gor gives play­ers the op­por­tu­nity to progress. If the play­ers put the ef­fort in, look af­ter them­selves both on-and-off the field, then they have a chance to im­prove and play at the high­est level.”

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