Young ‘keeper plays five games in Vanarama National League- Luke Coddington returns to HTAFC after loan
- Goalkeeper made five starts during month at Wrexham
- Stopper made two penalty saves during spell in Wales
Development Squad goalkeeper Luke Coddington has returned to Huddersfield Town following the conclusion of a very successful loan spell at Wrexham AFC.
The young custodian returns to ‘The Yorkshire Club’ having saved two penalties and earned two ‘Man of the Match’ awards in five starts for the Dragons.
Having joined Wrexham for a month on 11 November, Luke made his debut in a 1-0 home defeat to Braintree Town and soon played a second 90 minutes in a 1-1 league stalemate at Torquay United.
However, it was in his third game that Coddington really caught the eye for Dean Keates’ side. Just eight minutes into a home tie with league leaders Forest Green Rovers, the visitors won a penalty with the game goalless. Coddington saved Darren Carter’s spot-kick and his side went on to win 3-1, with Luke being named ‘Man of the Match’ for a string of great saves.
After the game, Wrexham AFC boss Keates said:
“Luke was outstanding; a great save, he has come in, been magnificent, picked the ball out the back of the net twice in the last two games but not had a save to make. But he has made a fair few number of saves today.”
Amazingly, Luke saved a second penalty in as many games in an eventual 1-0 defeat to another high-flying team, Lincoln City. Luke denied Matt Rhead from the spot on that occasion.
His final game for Wrexham may have ended in a 3-0 home defeat to Macclesfield Town, but once again Coddington won the ‘Man of the Match’ award for a number of fine stops.
Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach at Huddersfield Town, Paul Clements, commented:
“Luke’s month as Wrexham has been a fantastic success.
“He has excelled in a new situation, playing for vital points for Wrexham in front of very good crowds. The experiences he has gained at Wrexham – and the fantastic way he handled them – has done wonders for his development. It's great he's shown he can excel in games at that level.
“He returns to Huddersfield Town a better goalkeeper and deserves a lot of credit for his performances. His ability to make big saves at really important stages in games has been a particular plus.”
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