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Wayne ThomasFormer Burnley captain Wayne Thomas is about to resume his playing career after signing a one year deal with National League North Club Kidderminster Harriers.

It looked as though his playing days were over early last year when he left Worcester City to move to America as a coach with New York Red Bulls, but he returned to England and has more recently been coaching at Wigan Athletic within the club’s academy.

But, at the age of 37, he’s getting his playing boots out again at Kidderminster who are managed by his former Stoke team mate John Eustace.

It’s eleven years since Steve Cotterill brought him to Turf Moor on a free transfer from Stoke, claiming it to be the best free signing throughout the league that summer, but things never quite worked out for him at Turf Moor despite him being named captain. Four red cards in not many games and a serious knee injury blighted his time at Turf Moor, along with a few poor performances and he’ll probably be best remembered for his departure as much as anything else.

That came in the first week of the 2007/08 season. He’d played in the opening day win against West Brom but that proved to be his last 50th and last league appearance for us. Southampton came in with an offer under £200,000 for him but some astute work by Cotterill managed to get the fee up to £1.2 million before he was able to move to the south coast.

From Southampton he moved to Doncaster and then played for three clubs in Greece and Cyprus before returning to England with Luton, Rochdale, Tamworth and finally Worcester before that coaching role in America.

He’s now become Kidderminster’s first signing since they were relegated from the National League at the end of last season.

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