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Busy Barking Swoop For Seven More New Signings

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Busy Barking have been adding more new players to their promotion-winning Essex Senior League squad ahead of the new Bostik North campaign.

The Blues striking options have been increased by signing former Redbridge, Welling United, Tilbury and Clapton striker Jay Knight.

Knight was Clapton’s top goalscorer last season with 13 goals in just nine games and started the season at Redbridge where he scored 8 goals in ten games. He also made a single appearance for Tilbury.

Knight joins another striker Dan Gilchrist, who was with relegated Great Wakering Rovers last season and had previously played for Canvey Island in the Ryman Premier.

A third new attacker has arrived in Goldy Capela.

An exciting prospect, Capela joins from Bostik Premier side Billericay Town.

Goldy Capela

Twenty-two-year-old Capela has previously played for Cambridge City, Egham Town, Hendon, Dagenham & Redbridge and Erith & Belvedere.

Last season, he made a total of twenty-seven appearances for Billericay, scoring 8 times.

And Billy Jones is another boost to the Blues` front line.

Jones signed for Bostik Premier outfit Harlow Town for the third time in March 2017.

Jones is a hardworking player who can play in attacking midfield or as a forward.

He first signed for Harlow in September 2014 after impressing at Enfield 1893, making thirty-four appearances for the Hawks that season.

After a brief stint with neighbours Cheshunt during pre-season, Jones re-joined the Hawks ahead of the 2015/16 campaign, but left after just five games as he relocated across the country.

After returning to the South East, Jones re-joined Cheshunt for the 2016/17 season, before a short spell at Bowers & Pitsea.

Midfielder Michael Pindy has also checked into Barking`s new-look squad.

Pindy joined Thurrock in October 2016.

A wide player who will bring power and pace to the Blues, he numbers Aveley, Waltham Abbey and Great Wakering Rovers amongst his other former clubs.

Barking have also signed goalkeeper Oliver Bowles.

Bowles has formerly been with Bowers & Pitsea, Brightingsea Regent and most recently Vanarama National League South outfit Concord Rangers.

Jay Leader has also moved to Mayesbrook in something of a coup.

Joint-manager Justin Gardner describes Leader as “one of the best centre-backs in non-League football” and resumes a working relationship that covers previous clubs Bethnal Green and Aveley.

Chairman Rob O’Brien commented: “This signing is a massive step for a club that has been developing slowly over the past five years. A local boy who wants to play for his local club is a massive statement for us. I have seen Jay walk past the club on numerous occasions and always thought it would be a great day if we could sign him. Well that day has come. Credit goes to all the club’s management.”

Other clubs on Leader`s CV include Canvey Island, Cray Wanderers, Grays Athletic and East Thurrock United.

These signings are added to Glen Golby`s earlier recruits David Fallah, Abs Seymour, Brian Okwera and Akwasi Marfo.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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