Bath City have confirmed that Alex Fletcher has been cleared to play for the club again and has signed a short-term contract.
Fletcher underwent emergency brain surgery and spent 11 days in intensive care after hitting his head on a breeze-block wall during Bath’s National League South match against Dulwich Hamlet at Twerton Park on November 8. The 24-year-old is now deaf in one ear.
✍️ We’re delighted to announce that Alex Fletcher, our number 7, has been cleared to play and has signed a contract with the club.
We’re all delighted to see Alex return and can’t wait to see him don the black and white stripes once again.
— Bath City FC (@BathCity_FC) August 4, 2023
He said: “After a turbulent time for me, my family, my close friends and everybody connected with Bath City, I’m absolutely delighted to not only have the opportunity to get back on the pitch, but to continue playing my part for this amazing football club.
“Nobody will ever understand how many times I’ve played out the scenarios in my mind. The next time stepping back onto Twerton Park with the number seven on my back, my next goal, my next win as a Roman. It’s truthfully what’s been keeping me going throughout my entire recovery.
“For now, like we all are, I’m optimistic for the upcoming season ahead and I’m fully committed to exceeding the levels I hit before my accident, which in my mind is now a moment in time that I can move beyond.”
Fletcher is also working with the Professional Footballers’ Association to campaign for changes inside stadiums that would prevent a repeat of the incident that left him with life-threatening injuries.
Alex Fletcher working with PFA to campaign for stadium changes
(Photo: Adrian Sherratt/PFA)