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Two In – One Out At Stourbridge

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Stourbridge have announced the signings of Kyle Perry and Aaron Birch whilst Danny O’Callaghan has left the Evo-Stik League Premier club.

Experienced striker Perry joins from league rivals Barwell and midfielder Birch arrives from another one of the Glassboys rivals in Sutton Coldfield Town.

Perry, 31, rose to fame ten years ago when he helped Chasetown get to the FA Cup Third Round and subsequently earned a move to Port Vale.

After a season with the Valiants, he moved on to Mansfield Town and has since played for a number of non-League sides, including Lincoln City, Nuneaton Town, Altrincham and Hednesford Town.

He was Stafford Rangers’ top scorer last season in the Evo-Stik Premier and has spent the last two months with Barwell.

Birch, who featured for Stourbridge in pre-season prior to the 2015/16 campaign, has captained Sutton Coldfield this season at the age of 22 after joining them in December 2016.

He has starred in a struggling Royals team and has previous experience with Hereford FC.

Birch joined the re-formed Bulls after his release from West Bromwich Albion and started the 2015/16 FA Vase Final at Wembley.

On the two signings, Stourbridge boss Gary Hackett said: “Aaron had a trial with us a couple of years ago but at that time he wasn’t physically ready. He did tremendously well at Hereford and had Football League scouts watching him.

“Aaron has been Sutton’s best player this season. He’s a clever footballer and I think he’ll be a big bonus for us. He’s comfortable on the ball and is looking to chip in with goals.

“Kyle gets a lot of stick from opposition fans because they recognise what he does on a football pitch.

“In terms of being a target man, a link man, he’s as good as anything around. He’s a great character on and off the pitch and someone I’ve courted for a while. I’m sure he’ll go on to do really well and he’s excited by the challenge.”

Midfielder Danny O’Callaghan, meanwhile, has departed and is expected to re-sign for his old club Sutton Coldfield.

O`Callaghan signed for the Glassboys from Sutton in the summer but struggled to get regular game-time after recovering from an injury sustained towards the end of last season.

He made a total of nineteen appearances for the Glassboys during his time at the War Memorial Ground.

Hackett added: “Danny is a good footballer but sometimes things don’t work for you. He broke his ankle at the tail-end of last season, missed some of pre-season and it has never really kicked off for him here.

“He wanted pitch time and I couldn’t guarantee it. He goes with our very best wishes because he’s a top lad both on and off the pitch”.


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