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Drury Brings In Two More New Daniels

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Graham Drury, manager of Evo-Stik South club Stamford AFC, has added two more new signings to the two he made earlier this close season.

Right-back and central midfielder Ashley Robinson is back with the Daniels after a three-year break.

The popular 28-year-old has certainly found plenty of success since moving on, winning two league titles in those years – the first with Kettering Town in 2014/15 when they clinched the Southern Division One Central title.

Since then, he has spent two seasons with Ryman South side Tooting & Mitcham United, who were champions last season.

With an imminent move back to the area, Robinson is determined to have another year of success: “I have enjoyed some very rewarding years since I have been away. It would be good to take that into this season.

“I feel I have developed a lot and matured a lot as a player. I am really ready for this new chapter. I am really looking forward to working with Graham Drury and Wayne Halcro and can’t wait to get started.

“From the very start, when I first spoke to Graham, he made it clear what his intentions are for this season, where he wants to take the club to and that attracted me straight away. Two promotions in three seasons I want to make it three in four.”

Drury added: “We have added another league title winner to the squad. He is another player that know how to win games and has that winning mentality. He will add to the right side of midfield and can also drop in at full back and central areas.

“Ash is well known to Stamford fans. He’s had a lot of experience since he was last at the club and I am sure people will remember he can throw it as long as he can kick it. He’s a great addition to the squad and I am pleased he has joined us.”

Highly-experienced goalkeeper Dan Haystead is Drury’s third confirmed new signing to date, joining Robinson, Ben George and Jak Jeys

The former, Boston United, Hinckley United, Grantham Town and Sheffield FC stopper looks set to don the number one jersey at the club following the news that last season’s goalkeeper Sam Donkin is moving on.

Dan Haystead

The 31-year-old said: “I have played at the Zeeco Arena a couple of times. It is an excellent set up.

“Graham is a big influence on me coming. He really wants to push on this season, to make those playoffs and above. It is what you want to hear from a manager to come to a club. He hasn’t left me alone in all honesty.

“I want to win. You are happy playing football when you are winning. The size of the club, and the fanbase that they had last season, shows that they need to be above this level and that is what we will be trying to achieve this season.”

Drury added: “I have worked with Dan at Boston United. He has played in front of big crowds and knows what it take to win games. When you are in front, and you want to slow games down, Dan has the experience to do that. When we need to speed things up he has good distribution. He is loud and commands consistency from his back four.

“Dan will give us that experience and organisation. With that, and the two centre halves we want to bring in, plus the full backs, that will make us much stronger. Dan is a winner. He has won at this level with Grantham. He wouldn’t be travelling all the way from Chesterfield if he didn’t believe in that. He can see that I am desperate to get out of this division and the ambition of the club. He has joined for the right reasons and I am chuffed to bits to get him on board.”

On the departing Sam Donkin, Drury added: “Sam really wants to try and land a full-time position with a club. I would like to wish him all the best and thank him. He was absolutely brilliant for us”.


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