Blues boss was key to Crook return

Croydon Guardian: Back: Billy Crook is back with the Imber Court Blues Back: Billy Crook is back with the Imber Court Blues

Ex-Dulwich Hamlet midfielder Billy Crook says Met Police boss Jim Cooper was a big reason why he has re-signed for the Blues, writes James Barrett.

Crook made 37 appearances for promotion-chasing Hamlet despite missing the last month of the season with a niggling ankle injury, but he is now fully fit and relishing a return to Imber Court.

“I feel made a good contribution to the club’s season overall, but everyone was so disappointed with how it ended,” said Crook, as Dulwich went from Ryman Premier League champions elect in the New Year to finishing sixth and one point outside the play-off positions.

The 24-year old was not left feeling optimistic about his own future with the south London club following a post-season chat with management.

“I had been played out of position a few times and then my injury meant I wasn't in contention at all,” he added.

“But I spoke to Jim, who has always shown faith in my abilities, and he made it clear he would want to utilise my strengths.

“I know he likes to try and play a passing game so all that meant I had no hesitation in signing.”

Crook believes he and his new team mates could be set for an exciting year ahead, akin to the one he enjoyed during his last spell at Imber Court over a year ago.

“The club picked up some good results last season and reached two cup finals, so that is something to build on,” he said.

“The last time I was here we got to the first round proper of the FA Cup and finished in the top 10 of the league. I’m excited to get pre-season started and see what we can do.”

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