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Born: 25 Feb 1984
Joined Wycombe: August 2017 - Free from Luton Town.|
Wycombe debut: Wycombe 2 Notts County 4 - 19 Aug 2017 - League Two
First goal: Colchester 1 Wycombe 2 - 23 Sep 2017 - League Two
Released by Wycombe 16th July 2020
Career summary at Wycombe:
68 apps - 13 goals
Striker signed by Wanderers on a free transfer from fellow League Two side Luton Town in August 2017. He arrived at Adams Park on a one year deal having clocked up over 500 senior appearances in a career stretching back to his time with then Isthmian League St Albans City. His most prolific spell came at Peterborough United where he scored 99 goals in 212 First Team appearances. His success at Posh prompted Brighton and Hove Albion to fork out a £2.5m transfer fee in the summer of 2011. He returned to Peterborough for a loan spell while at Brighton, before joining The Hatters in August 2015 to reunite with former Dagenham boss John Still. However, suffered an injury hit time at Kenilworth Road and found himself back on loan at Peterborough before being released at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
Commenting on the signing in August 2017, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: “Craig could be the final piece in the jigsaw for us and I’m over the moon to bring him here because he’s got talent and a pedigree which are above this level, and I’ve no doubt he will strengthen the options we have in our frontline. His goalscoring record speaks for itself but he’s also got an unbelievable work ethic and will run through brick walls for the team. All the reports I’ve had, from other managers and from lads in our changing room who have played with Craig previously, say he’s a top, top professional who will bring extra pace, quality and goals to the attack."
Scored his first goal for Wanderers in the 2-1 win at Colchester United on 23 September 2017, while on 18 November 2017 he bagged the fastest hat-trick to date in the Football League history of the Club, with three goals in just 11 minutes. It beat the previous record of 16 minutes held by Scott McGleish during the 4-0 victory over Mansfield in January 2008.
Finished the season with ten goals in all competitions from 43 appearances and was rewarded for being part of Wanderers' promotion winning side with a further two year contract. Gareth Ainsworth said: "Craig came to us with a fantastic pedigree across the Football League and has fitted in superbly with the way we play. As well as his goals, he brings an unbelievable work ethic and runs his socks off every game to help the team. He’d had a serious injury at Luton before coming here but proved he’s fully recovered and has plenty of football left in him, so I’m thrilled to keep him as part of the squad for another two seasons."
Failed to command a regular spot in the starting line-up for Wanderers during the opening half of the 2018/19 season and on 30th January 2019 it was confirmed that he had been loaned to League Two strugglers Notts County for the remainder of the campaign.
At the start of the 2019/20 season it was announced that he had agreed a loan move to then 'League Two' side Stevenage until 12th January 2020. The deal was later extended until the end of the 2019/20 season but with the campaign cut short due to the COVID-19 situation, he eventually returned to Wycombe to continue training, before being released just a few days after Wanderers had been promoted to The Championship via the Play-Offs.
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