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36. Alex WOODYARD

On loan from Peterborough United

Position: Midfielder

Signed (From): 2020 (Peterborough United)

Debut: vs. Southend United (11/01/20)

Former Clubs: Peterborough United, Lincoln City, Braintree Town, Concord Rangers, Dartford, Braintree Town (loan), Farnborough (loan), Southend United

TRFC Achievements: N/A

Gravesend-born Alex Woodyard came through the youth system at Charlton Athletic before moving to Southend United in 2009 on a 2-year youth scholarship.

The combative midfielder made his professional debut in the Shrimpers 3-1 League Two loss at Burton Albion on 11th December 2010 and would make a further 2 appearances in his debut season, still just 17 years old.

He signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2011 and was sent on loan to sixth-tier Farnborough, for whom he played 12 games and scored 2 goals between September and November 2011. With sporadic appearances for the Southend first team, he was again sent out on loan in March 2013, joining fifth-tier Braintree Town until the end of the 2012-13 season, making 12 appearances for the Iron.

Released from Roots Hall in May 2013, Alex joined Conference Premier side Dartford, making 42 appearances throughout the 2013-14 season, before transferring to Conference South club Concord Rangers, where he made 42 appearances and scored 1 goal.

When Concord manager Danny Cowley joined National League side Braintree Town in 2015, Alex followed, returning to the Iron on a permanent basis for 2015-16. In his first year back at Cressing Road, Woodyard made 51 appearances and scored 1 goal as Town finished third in the National League, qualifying for the play-off semi-finals before losing to Grimsby Town.

With Lincoln City impressed with Braintree's performance, they signed manager Danny Cowley at Sincil Bank and he took several members of the Iron squad with him, including Alex.

It was a successful debut season for all concerned, as Lincoln won the 2016-17 National League title, ahead of Tranmere in second, and promotion to the EFL. On a personal level, Woodyard played 57 times and scored 1 goal as the Imps enjoyed an impressive league and cup season, reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup before eventually succumbing to Premier League Arsenal.

In his first year back in the EFL, Woodyard played 56 times and scored 2 goals as Lincoln reached the 2017-18 League Two play-off semi-finals by finishing seventh in League Two. His performances also helped the Imps win the 2017-18 EFL Trophy, defeating Shrewsbury Town in the Wembley final.

Such were his performances that League One Peterborough United paid an undisclosed fee to secure his services, with then Posh manager Steve Evans making Alex the captain at London Road. He played 51 games in 2018-19 as Peterborough missed the League One play-offs by a single point, finishing in seventh.

A change of manager saw Darren Ferguson replace Evans and although Woodyard would make 19 appearances in the first half of 2019-20, he was deemed surplus to requirements.

On 3rd January 2020, Alex joined Micky Mellon's Tranmere on a loan deal until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

Interesting Fact: Between November 2014 and May 2018, Alex played under the same manager (Danny Cowley) for 3 clubs, across 3 different leagues.