Wealdstone midfielder Michael Corcoran will continue to bark out orders
PUBLISHED: 10:30 29 January 2015
Wealdstone new boy Michael Corcoran admits he has a big mouth – in the nicest possible way of course.
The former Cardiff and Oxford United ace has wasted no time in endearing himself to the faithful at Grovesnor Vale with two of the sort of forceful displays Gordon Bartlett’s side have been lacking in their Conference South debut season.
It is not just his exploits with head and feet which have left their mark, but also his barking of instructions which have organised the stones’ midfield boiler-room.
However if fans think he has been loud so far he warned he is still warming up, so some may want to have ear plugs at the ready when he really gets going.
“I’m naturally vocal, that’s just the way I am,” he told the Times. “Even if I’m not having the best game myself I try and help others by continually talking.
“I’ve been pretty quiet so far as I’ve got to get to know the lads better –then I’ll be much more vocal than I have been already.
“The manager told me he wanted somebody vocal. I’ve been a captain in the past for Rushden & Diamonds, Dover, Northern Ireland Under-21s and Cardiff reserves and I think Gordon [Bartlett, the Wealdstone manager] wanted that type of player. It helps me too when others are geeing one another along.”
Not that Corcoran is all mouth by any means.
When not attempting to direct the traffic, he has been in the thick of the action.
There was a debut goal against Chelmsford, some near misses in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Eastbourne and the 27-year-old has also demonstrated he is not shy in the tackle, evoking memories of another fans’ favourite Chris O’Leary in his pomp.
At 5’10” he is a bit short for the classic midfield enforcers tag, but claims his ability to jump and willingness to be brave give others the impression he is taller than he is.
“Most people tell me I don’t look the biggest,” he admitted.
“But when they play against me they find me very good aerially.
“I’m not the biggest, but I’m not afraid to stick my head in where it hurts.”
Corcoran spent the night on the bench on Monday as Stones lost out 2-1 at home to Hayes & Yeading in the quarter-finals of the Middlesex Senior Cup, a result which ended their hopes of silverware this season. The game served as something of a dress rehearsal for the crucial league game between the two sides at The Vale on Saturday.
Stones go into the game five points ahead of their rivals in the battle to steer away from the Conference South drop towards the safety of mid-table.
Young West Ham loanee Nathan Mavila was one of the bright spots of the cup exit and while he admitted the defeat was not the best preparation for the rematch, he insisted a little more incisiveness in front of goal will see Stones turn the tables.
“Psychologically they have got one over on us, but football-wise I think we will turn them over Saturday,” he said
“There just wasn’t that spark in the final third today, but Saturday I think we will have it.”
Wealdstone have added more strength to their squad with the signing of former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Scott Davies.
The attacking midfielder came through the Reading academy system but only made a handful of first-team appearances.
Davies, 26, is known for his shooting from distance and enjoyed lengthy loan spells with Aldershot, Wycombe, Yeovil and Bristol Rovers.
Since leaving the Royals in 2011, Davies enjoyed spells with Crawley and Oxford, but this season dropped into non-league football and was playing in the Southern League for Dunstable Town.
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