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Much-Travelled Shepherd Joins Long Melford As Number Two

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Jamie Bradbury, manager of Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division club Long Melford, has appointed Josh Shepherd as his assistant-manager.

Shepherd, 25, has plenty of football experience as a player and coach, despite his young age.

He started his playing career at Stalybridge Celtic before moving to Australia and playing in the State League.

From there he went to play in the Filipino Premier League before deciding a career in coaching was more beneficial in the long-term.

Shepherd was the assistant-manager at West Midlands (Regional) League side Wolverhampton Sporting, where he also coached at Tamworth academy, before moving to Spain to coach in the Spanish lower leagues.

He moved to The Gambia as the assistant-manager at the biggest club in the country and after returning to England last year, took up the number two role at Haverhill Rovers.

Shepherd said: “I’m delighted to be back in the Thurlow Nunn Premier League and be part of Long Melford Football Club. Having taken a break during the end of last season, I’m back and hungrier than ever for success. I’ve had a few different chats with Jamie which were all really positive and we’ve made sure we want the same things. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season. I met with the lads Monday and was pleased with the attitude from all involved. Bring it on!”

Bradbury added: “Josh is a great fit for the club and we both have a very similar outlook on football. For his young age he brings a lot of experience into the fold and took no time at all in settling into his role in his first session. I’m very much looking forward to working alongside Josh and helping the lads enjoy the season ahead”.

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