The YKK sponsored Widnes Wild are pleased to unveil exciting young player Michael (MJ) Clancy as their first new signing for the 2019/20 Laidler Division season.
18 year old Clancy played for the Deeside Dragons last season in NIHL North 2 scoring 6+9 in 23 league games. Clancy has had a very successful time as a junior player, starting out at Deeside from where he gained the opportunity to play for the Midlands Conference Junior teams .
Throughout this period he has been a part of winning sides – including winning back to back titles whilst representing the U17 level.
Michael has also been fortunate enough to play for his national side in the England U16 and U19 teams competing against Scotland in the Frank Dempster Memorial Trophy and travelling abroad whilst representing his country.
He has also played in Bradford at Junior and senior levels and had a spell in Telford, signing for the Telford Tigers Moralee Division team and the U18s team which won the national championship in Sheffield last year.
Unfortunately, after a promising start at Telford, Clancy was involved in a car crash and had to miss the whole 2017/18 senior season and the majority of his U18 games. From there, he moved back to his home team in Deeside to find his feet again and get back into playing week in week out and he is now looking forward to joining the Wild and getting back to his best.
Talking about his new journey, Michael said:
“ I am very much looking forward to the new season in Widnes, it brings a new challenge and I look forward to getting training started for the season ahead. Widnes were a tough side to play against last year and I can see the club moving forward with its professional set-up. It’s something I look forward to being a part of.”
Wild Head Coach Mike Clancy said of Michael:
“I’m excited MJ has agreed to join the Wild for the up and coming 2019/20 season.”
“He will bring an energy and competition, which I believe will fit in well with the team, and what we are trying to achieve.”
“I’m sure he’s ready to knuckle down and put in a great shift for the Wild this season.”