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5ft 6"


Hugely experienced central midfield man who rejoined the Pitmen for a fourth spell after leaving AFC Telford United in Octoier 2023

A slight, creative midfielder by trade, McQuilkin joined local side West Bromwich Albion as a schoolboy in 2001 and stayed at the Hawthorns until the summer of 2007 when he was released. He took the unusual step of moving to the Czech Republic that summer, linking up with Tescoma Zlin in the Czech Second Division. After a season in their B side, he stepped up into their first team the following season, making a handful of appearances
After returning to England in the summer of 2009, he linked up with newly relegated Hereford United, who had returned to League Two after an ill-fated season in League One in 2008-2009. He became a prominent figure in the Bulls' midfield over the next four seasons as Hereford's well-publicised financial problems saw them drop out of the Football League in May 2012. A loan spell at Blue Square Premier neighbours Kidderminster Harriers in January 2012 saw him get game time after a spell on the sidelines at Edgar Street

After being released by Hereford in the summer of 2013, he linked up with Walsall, initially on trial. He impressed manager Dean Smith during the pre-season programme, signing a one-year deal with the Saddlers in July 2013. He went on to make two starts and seven substitute appearances as the Saddlers once again gave as good as they got in a competitive League One

Linked up with the Pitmen and made his Hednesford debut in the 1-1 home draw with Stockport County in September 2014 as a first-half substitute. After a short spell at Keys Park which saw him make three substitute appearances, he made a move to the West Country to link up with Vanarama Conference side Torquay United on trial. He spent three months at Plainmoor looking to sign a deal, which he eventually signed in March 2015. However, he was released in April 2015 after making thirteen starts for the Gulls. He was praised by Torquay manager Chris Hargreaves for his attitude after playing without payment following the club's well-publicised financial issues

The summer of 2015 saw McQuilkin make the move to recently relegated AFC Telford United, linking up with former Walsall team-mate Amadou Bakayoko. However, he was an early casualty of Steve Kittrick's sacking, with former Hednesford manager Rob Smith immediately releasing the player after arriving at the New Bucks Head. A week later, he rejoined the Pitmen and came on as a second-half substitute in the team's 4-0 reverse at Alfreton Town

McQuilkin's spell at Keys Park was to prove premature once more, as he left the struggling Pitmen in November 2015 to rejoin Kidderminster after only four substitute appearances. This proved to be a superb decision for both parties during his second spell at Aggborough as he established himself in the Harriers midfield for the next three seasons, signing contract extensions in 2017 and 2018 as he racked up over 100 appearances in Vanarama National League North. At the end of the 2016-2017 season, his popularity with the supporters saw him win the supporters' player of the Year award for his glittering performances in the centre of the park

Another return to former pastures was in order in June 2018 as new gaffer Gavin Cowan made him one of his first signings at AFC Telford. He once again proved his step two quality over the next two seasons with over fifty starts at the New Bucks Head as the Bucks finished eighth and fourteenth respectively in National League North over the next two years

Despite the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic, McQuilkin's tour of his former clubs continued in the summer of 2020 as he returned to Edgar Street to join reformed Hereford. His season was affected by the stop-start nature created by the pandemic and made only ten appearances for Josh Gowling's side

McQuilkin stepped down into step three of non-league football for the first time in July 2021 as he joined free-spending Stourbridge, linking up with former Telford team-mates Darryl Knights and Ellis Deeney in the process. He played in every single first-team game for the Glassboys during their disappointing 2021-2022 campaign, playing fifty-two times as they finished eleventh in the Southern Premier League Central

Despite being ever-present at the Amblecote, he was not offered a new deal by Stourbridge and linked up with the Pitmen ahead of the pre-season campaign in July 2022 as a named triallist. Despite playing in the majority of their games, he failed to agree terms with the club and left just before the start of the season

However, a change of manager at the RACE Stadium in September 2022 saw his former Hereford assistant manager Steve Burr take over and offer McQuilkin a return to the club, with the midfielder making his third debut for the club in the 3-2 home defeat against Bromsgrove Sporting. After initially playing as a substitute, McQuilkin worked his way into the first XI and became a fixture in the side under player/manager Danny Glover after his appointment in December 2022. Despite being arguably the Pitmen's most consistent player over the second half of the season, the club were relegated to step four at the end of the season and McQuilkin departed once more, rejoining Telford for a third spell in August 2023

After a handful of games, McQuilkin was released by the Bucks due to financial restraints, with manager Kevin Wilkin admitting that he would have preferred to keep the player. A few days later, McQuilkin was brought back to Keys Park by Glover, making his fourth debut for the Pitmen in a 2-1 defeat at City of Liverpool

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