PLAYER PROFILE

Ruairi Croskery

Birthdate:20 Dec 1996
Birthplace:Downpatrick
Position:Striker
Joined United:01 Jul 2013

A neat finisher who came through the club's Centre of Excellence in Lisburn in his native Northern Ireland.

Capable of scoring goals with either foot, the level-headed youngster represented his country at schoolboy level in the Victory Shield and helped United win the Milk Cup in his homeland in 2013, showing a measure of his confidence by convincing dead-ball expert and team captain Andreas Pereira to allow him to take a free-kick and finding the net against Co Antrim in style.

Coming from a family of proud United supporters, Croskery has been praised for his strong work ethic and desire to improve. A promising first year at United saw the centre-forward bag five goals from 11 starts, with another seven appearances off the bench.

Injury ensured he was unable to deputise when Ashley Fletcher and James Wilson were unavailable for a spell and also quashed his hopes of making an FA Youth Cup debut. However, he will be expected to develop and help lead the line in 2014/2015 by continuing to show an eye for goal.

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