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Coup Signing By Darlaston Town

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West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division club Darlaston Town (1874) and manager Andy Parkes have announced a coup signing in Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell.

Clarke-O`Connell`s signing is seen as a massive coup for the club having played within the paid ranks of several leagues higher for most of his career.

He brings a wealth of experience of non-League football to The Citizens, which Parkes will expect him to pass onto the younger players in the squad.

The major reason why the former Wolverhampton Casuals, Hinckley AFC and Chasetown winger has joined Darlaston is his previous relationship with Parkes, who is obviously delighted to finally get his man.

Parkes said: “I am over the moon to have finally secured the signature of Tyrone. He will bring a different dimension to the squad with his explosive pace and unbelievable quick feet. He is a real threat to any opposition. I know Ty well having first coached him at under-21 level, he is a local honest and hardworking lad.”

Clarke-O`Connell said: “I can’t wait to get going and meet the lads, some of whom I know. The game has been really good to me over the years, but now I feel it’s time to give something back. When I knew Andy Parkes was at Darlaston there was only one place I wanted to play. When I was younger, I played for Andy at OTB FC. he has always been about developing young players, rather than going for the quick fix of signing older players. I feel, I can repay Andy Parkes by coming and passing on my experiences, help and advice to the younger players to help them improve”.


About Author

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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