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In Focus: Luke Offord

A look through the career of young defender Luke Offord…

30 May 2024

Club News

In Focus: Luke Offord

A look through the career of young defender Luke Offord…

30 May 2024

Following his first-ever permanent transfer, mkdons.com takes a look through Luke Offord’s seven-year professional tenure at Crewe Alexandra.

Luke Offord worked his way through the youth ranks at Crewe Alexandra where he joined at only seven-years-old.

In the summer of 2018, Luke graduated from the Academy and was offered his first professional contract at the club.

A year after becoming a pro, Offord went on two separate short loan spells with non-league teams Witton Albion and Nantwich Town.

On his return to the Railwaymen, Luke was presented with his first league start and a career debut in what was a 2-0 victory over Leyton Orient in January 2020.

The defender would go on to make another eight appearances in a season that saw Crewe Alexandra promoted in second place, with only goal difference denying them the title.

In the third tier of English football, Luke Offord registered his first senior career league goal during a 3-0 victory over Wigan Athletic.

A month later, he signed a three-year contract with Crewe which would see him remain in Cheshire until the summer of 2023.

Since becoming a regular stalwart in Crewe’s back-line, Luke’s performances earned him the honour of the captain's armband.

After a 1-0 defeat against Oxford United in February 2022 former Manager David Artell said "Luke has had the captaincy before. He is not particularly quiet but not loud either. He leads by action."

Since shouldering the captain’s responsibility at 22-years-old, Offord was recently named club captain of Crewe Alexandra.

Luke led his team throughout the most recent campaign, supporting the Railwaymen in securing a play-off spot.

However, the skipper’s season was cut short due to injury and Crewe faced a heartbreaking defeat in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off final.

Although it wasn’t a fairytale ending, Luke reflected on his time at Crewe Alexandra, a place where his football career began at the age of seven.

Before his permanent move to Stadium MK, the former Railwayman said “17 years is a long time at a Football Club, and they have made me the player I am today.

“I can't thank them enough. All the staff, the gaffer and all the players I have played with so a massive thank you to them.”

Now, Luke looks forward to a new beginning as he becomes the second signing of MK Dons’ summer transfer window.


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