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Key players set to return to Wilmington Hammerheads FC

Wilmington Hammerheads FC has re-signed midfielder Will Heaney and defender Troy Cole to a pair of two-year deals leading into the 2015 USL PRO regular season.

The Hammerheads has re-signed to key members from its team in 2014.
The Hammerheads has re-signed to key members from its team in 2014.

This will be Heaney’s third consecutive season with the Hammerheads, while Cole appeared in 20 matches overall during the 2014 slate, also playing a key role off the field as an ambassador for the club at several appearances and events.

“Sometimes you learn about people and players,” said Hammerheads Head Coach Carson Porter. “At the end of the season last year, Will seemed frustrated with playing time and opportunities, but he never stopped training hard, he never disrespected the coach and he never brought any negativity to the locker room.

“Will is a good soccer player and last year we learned about his character and we knew this was a guy that we wanted back.”

Cole originally debuted with the Hammerheads in 2012 before signing with former VSI Tampa Bay FC for one season. He tallied two seasons (2012-2013, 2013-2014) on the defensive line with Major Indoor Soccer League’s Rochester Lancers before returning to Wilmington in 2014.

“Troy is one of a core group of players that thrived during a time of change within the club,” Porter said. “He supported me, personally, and I am grateful for that, while also earning his spot at right back as we made our run into the playoffs. Troy also knows that the start of a new year means healthy competition for places and he is hard at work this offseason to continue to chase his personal goals and our team goals.”

Cole is also involved with the coaching and development of Hammerheads Youth FC players during the offseason months in Wilmington.

“My experience at the Hammerheads has been nothing short of amazing and I am elated to now call Wilmington my home,” Cole said. “I am grateful to play with an organization that has so much to offer in terms of developing players, as well as providing service to the community.”

Heaney appeared in 10 matches and scored two goals during the 2014 regular season, one of which was a lead contender for USL PRO’s Goal of the Month.

“I am thrilled to have signed a two-year deal with the club,” Heaney said. “I love everything about Wilmington, the fans and the local community. I am extremely excited to see the direction of the club and feel privileged to be a part of it.”

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