The Tampa Bay Rowdies have acquired midfielder Laurence Wyke on loan from Nashville SC, bringing a familiar face back to Al Lang Stadium for the remainder of the 2023 campaign. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced on Saturday the club had acquired midfielder Laurence Wyke on loan from Nashville SC of Major League Soccer. Wyke will be available for selection for Tampa Bay’s match versus Sacramento Republic FC at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday night. Terms of the loan agreement were not disclosed.
Wyke is no stranger to the Rowdies, having spent the past two seasons in Tampa Bay. The versatile English midfielder originally joined the Rowdies as a trialist during the 2021 preseason but soon signed after impressing Rowdies Head Coach Neill Collins and staff. During his two-year stint with the Rowdies, Wyke made 66 appearances and bagged four goals for the club in all competitions.
“We’re so appreciative of Nashville in their willingness to offer us Laurence on loan,” said Collins. “It’s great when you can get a player on loan that’s been such an integral part of this club the past two years and really represents our values well on the field. We’re delighted to have him in a time of need, particularly in that position. We’re so pleased to have him available to play on Saturday.”
Wyke has made three appearances for Nashville so far in 2023, starting and playing every minute of the MLS side’s three U.S. Open Cup matches. The 26-year-old also made one appearance for Nashville’s MLS Next Pro outfit, Huntsville City.
“I have many good memories of the last two years, so I’m excited to come down,” said Wyke. “I want to give everything, bring intensity in the games, try to support the team as much as possible, and get three points every weekend. I’m looking forward to the challenge and it’s nice to be back with familiar faces.”