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LUKE COULSON SIGNS FOR THE SEAGULLS

Weston-super-Mare AFC are delighted to announce that midfielder Luke Coulson has become the club’s first summer signing, joining from Dartford FC.

Born in Weston, Luke has spent the majority of his career away from his hometown club since moving to Manchester at a young age, predominantly playing his senior career in the London and Kent region of the country.

Coulson has previously held the title of being Eastleigh’s record signing and record sale, joining them in January 2016 before moving on to Barnet in January 2017.

Having spent his career amongst the top two levels of non-league football, the 30-year-old is capable of playing on either flank or as an attacking midfielder behind the striker.

On securing Luke’s signature, Manager Scott Bartlett said:

Luke is a player I know well and has been one of the top players in non-league for a number of years. This is a fantastic signing for us. He’s at a good age, with good experience.

“His family live in Weston-super-Mare and Luke has moved back closer to home – We had to move quickly because he had so much interest and we are delighted to welcome him to Weston-super-Mare AFC.

“He will help us to attack quickly and get behind teams earlier. Luke has a lot of ability, can play in a number of attacking positions and will add a directness to us.

“He can score and create, and works so hard for the team. With good set play delivery, engine and experience, he will add a lot to us”.

On signing, Luke said:

I’m absolutely delighted.

“The conversations with the gaffer have gone on for a few weeks, but I’m really excited to get it over the line.

“He (the gaffer) was a major reason why I signed here.

“I was born in Weston originally, all my family live here. We’ve relocated closer to the family.

“I was having conversations with a few clubs, but there was a major appeal to be here (at Weston).

“I like to create, that’s the aim of my game. I’ve always been a guy who assists more than scores, but I just like to dominate the ball.

“I like to be on the ball at all times, I like to go looking for the ball and I like to be a key part of everything that happens. As long as the team wins, that’s the most important thing.

“I can’t wait to get going”.

About Luke

Luke joined the Manchester City Academy at the age of seven in 2002 and spent the next 10 years with the Citizens, including a two-year scholarship within the Under-18s until he was released in the summer of 2012.

Upon leaving Man City, he enrolled as a student at the University of Michigan the same summer and featured for their Michigan Wolverines Team, where he scored one and assisted two in six games.

After a couple of months however, he returned to England when going on trial with Stoke City, before signing for Championship side Cardiff City in November 2012 and joining their Development Squad. While at Cardiff, he made one appearance as a substitute in their FA Cup Third Round defeat to Macclesfield during the 2012-2023 season. He left the Bluebirds in the summer of 2014 to pursue first-team football.

Luke spent the first half of the 2014-2015 season trialling with various clubs including Ipswich Town and Hibernian before signing for Western League Division One side Radstock Town in December 2014 on a game-by-game basis, making just the one appearance for them.

He signed for National League North side Oxford City in January 2015, starting out as a right-back before making the move further forward to the wing. His early performances during the 2015-2016 season saw him depart for Eastleigh in a club-record buy for the Spitfires.

Coulson spent the next year performing at a high level for the Southampton-based club, earning a move to League Two club Barnet in what turned out to be a club-record sale at the time for the Spitfires.

His time at Barnet was short-lived, eventually joining National League club Ebbsfleet United in the summer of 2017 where he enjoyed the next 18 months, including a finish in the 2018 National League playoffs until defeat in the semi-finals.

In December 2018, he made the move to Bromley FC where he went on to win their player of the year in the 2018-2019 season, as well as the FA Trophy in 2021-2022.

In the summer of 2022, he made the switch to Dartford FC where he has spent the past two seasons, including captaining them for the 23/24 campaign.

He has also recently turned his hand to coaching, managing the Bromley Under-17s side over the past two seasons.

Interested in sponsoring Luke for the 24/25 season? Email commercial@wsmafc.co.uk

Want to see Luke in action for the new campaign? Head to our club store and purchase our Early Bird season ticket before the 31st May – Purchase online HERE.

Everyone at Weston-super-Mare AFC would like to welcome Luke to the club, and wish him all the best when pulling on the Seagulls shirt.

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