The Philadelphia Spinners announced today that they have signed first year player Codi Wood to the roster for the 2017 MLU season.
Since the announcement that Charlie Hoppes had been brought on as the team’s new head coach back in October, the Spinners have made an effort to re-sign a core of veterans from the upcoming 2017 season. With several re-signed players already announced, the Spinners announced their first new player today – Codi Wood.
Wood, just 21-years old, brings an already impressive playing career to the Spinners as they try to repeat as MLU Champions in 2017. A senior at Penn State, Wood was named to the 2016 Ohio Valley All-Region First Team for his performance with PSU’s Spank. For the club season, Wood joined the Philadelphia Patrol in 2016, helping the team make their second consecutive USAU Club Nationals appearance this past fall, finishing 7th.
After a brief four game stint with the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds of the AUDL in 2016, Wood is ready to make his Major League Ultimate debut this year with the Spinners.
While he may be a rookie joining a team of established veterans, look for a smooth transition for the rookie, as the 13 of the re-signed Spinners were Patrol teammates with Wood in 2016. Hoppes, who is also Patrol’s head coach, was eager to add Wood to the Spinners’ roster.
“I’m thrilled Codi Wood is joining us.” said Hoppes. “He was an excellent fit on Patrol last year, and has the ability to play offense or defense at the highest levels of the game. He’s one of the best college players in the region, and he will be a huge pick up for the Spinners this year.”
The Spinners have a history of getting strong contributions from rookies, with two former Rookie of the Year winners (Matt Esser and Billy Sickles) and many 2016 rookies having been crucial parts of last season’s championship. Hoppes will look for similar strong performances from Wood and other first year players in 2017.