Published 11th July 2011
....One North club AFC Sudbury.
Putting pen-to-paper for the King’s Marsh outfit is vastly-experienced goalkeeper Danny Gay, who spent the past two seasons with Suffolk neighbours Needham Market.
Twenty–eight year old Gay, who hails from King’s Lynn, signed on Saturday after two training sessions with the club last week.
He started his career with Norwich City before joining Southend United where he played in the Football League.
He then started his non-League career playing for Hornchurch, Braintree Town, Bishop’s Stortford and Heybridge Swifts.
After a trial with Leeds United he joined Chelmsford City and then trialled with Norwich again before going to home-town club King’s Lynn but his stay was brief as they were wound up and it was then onto Needham Market.
There he helped the club win the Ridgeons League and promotion to the Ryman League and last season saw them into the play-offs.
Manager Nicky Smith said: “I believe that I have signed the goalkeeper who was by far the Ryman North last season, there was nobody to touch him. He is a massive signing for the club. He will bring a wealth of experience to the team. I became aware that he was available some time ago and made contact, since then negotiations have been ongoing. Importantly Danny wanted to come to us.”
The manager was anxious to explain the position of young goalkeeper Fred Howe, who ended last season as the club’s number one. “I have spoken to him at length about the situation and although naturally disappointed, he has accepted it. I’m sure that he will learn a lot from Danny and will be fighting it out with him for the goalkeeping jersey.”