It’s a good news day regarding our goalkeeper Lloyd Irish.

Firstly we are delighted to report that he has agreed terms to remain as the Peacocks No 1 for whenever the new season begins. Irish has been the most permanent fixture in the side since his return to the club for a second spell in October 2014, having made his debut as far back as November 2008 before leaving in 2010. During his time at the Cygnet Health Care Stadium he has amassed an impressive 358 full appearances and one sub appearance, and of course has the one goal to his name, scored against North Leigh in December 2015.

Irish commented: “I’m very happy to be staying at Taunton for another year. The club is run so well by Kev and everyone else behind the scenes and we have a fantastic management and coaching team, all of which made my decision to stay a no-brainer. This season is going to be a fresh start for everyone, and I can’t wait to get started. Rob has already made some very good signings and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone soon. Up The Peacocks!”

Head of Football Rob Dray added:” Lloyd is the best keeper in the league, a great ambassador for the club and as most keepers are, mad as a box of frogs. Seriously it’s fantastic to have Lloyd for another year. He’s been putting some serious miles in on the road and will come back in great shape in readiness for when the season starts. As a club we are fortunate to have him and in years to come he will go down as a legend I have no doubt.”

Irish also has cause to celebrate for another reason after completing five half marathons during May to raise money for the Josh Evans Trust Fund. The charity supports children with diabetes and was created in memory of one of Lloyd’s good friends who passed away in 2008. “The charity hosts a biannual Summer Ball which has had to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. This event generates a significant amount of money to help children with diabetes, therefore I’m hoping my half marathons can help make up for this” remarked Lloyd who ran the final half marathon yesterday and has so far raised nearly £2,900. However there is still the opportunity to donate to this good cause and help him reach his £3,000 target by visiting his JustGiving page HERE

Well done Lloyd and great to have you back for another season!