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NICK MCCOOTIE RETURNS TO THE OPTIMA

Weston-super-Mare AFC are delighted to announce that powerful striker Nick McCootie has returned to the club for a second spell, arriving from Yate Town.

Five years and two days on from originally signing, Nick scored 17 goals and assisted 19 in 78 games for the Seagulls, putting in some memorable performances between 2019 – 2022.

One of his finest performances in a Weston shirt came during one of his final games, a goal and assist during our 2-1 win over Harrow at The Optima Stadium to secure our spot in the Southern League Premier South 2022 Playoffs.

Since departing in 2022, Nick has featured for both Taunton Town and Yate Town.

On Nick returning, Manager Scott Bartlett said:

It’s a good signing for us, Nick knows the club inside out and the standards we work to.

“He is experienced, strong, powerful and still very quick.

“We have a very specific role for Nick this season which will work well for us, he knows what is required and will be really important”.

Nick said:

It was an easy choice (to return).

“I’ve been here before, I know the club well and the manager, which was a big influence on why I decided to come back.

Scott gave me a call and he sold it to me again about the project and where he sees the club going.

“I’ve seen the other players that have come in, it all added together and this is something that I want to be a part of”.

About Nick

Nick started out his career with Bristol City, being released at the age of 18 and then going on to feature for Yate Town in the Southern League South & West.

In January 2009 he made the journey down the M5 to sign for division rivals Taunton Town before making the switch to Bridgwater Town in the same league in December 2009, where he helped Craig Laird’s side reach the Southern League South & West playoff final in 2010, but ultimately lost to Cirencester Town.

McCootie moved on in June 2010 and enjoyed a fruitful two-season spell with Cinderford Town, but his best years were yet to come in football.

In June 2012, McCootie’s stock continued to rise when he linked up with Paulton Rovers of the Southern League South & West, his goals guiding the side to the playoff semi-finals in 2013 but they lost 4-2 to Hungerford Town, as well as winning the Somerset Premier Cup that year.

In 2013-2014, McCootie and Paulton went one better, this time making and winning the Playoff final 2-0 against Merthyr Town, McCootie’s two goals guiding Paulton to one of the greatest moments in their history. He started life off well in the Southern Premier, where he was spotted by National League South side Bath City and departed for the Romans in September 2014. At Paulton, McCootie made 99 appearances, scoring 47 goals and claiming 23 assists while being an unused substitute five times.

With Bath, McCootie was playing National League South football for the first time, but he led the line effectively for three-and-a-half seasons, scoring 34 goals and getting 23 assists in 145 appearances.

In January 2018 McCootie signed for Chippenham Town, also competing in the National League South. The experienced forward continued to play well at Chippenham. His pace, power and goalscoring prowess striking fear into the heart of opposition defences. At Chippenham, he made 51 appearances while scoring 14 goals and assisting for his team-mates seven times. McCootie also won the Wiltshire Senior Cup in 2018 while with the Bluebirds.

In June 2019, Nick signed for the Seagulls and would go on to be a fans’ favourite while leading the line, scoring 17 goals and assisting 19 during 78 appearances. During his time, he helped Weston win the Somerset Premier Cup 2019 and helped them qualify for the 2022 Southern League Premier South Playoffs.

For the 2022-2023 season, he moved on to National League South side Taunton Town before joining Southern League Division One South side Yate Town in January 2024, scoring 14 goals in 18 games and being named in the fan-picked Southern League Division One South Team of the Season.

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

Want to see Nick in action for the new campaign? Head to our club store and purchase our season tickets for the 24/25 National League South season – Purchase online HERE.

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

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