In what Louis Langdown described as “the best double signing I have ever made”, Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West club AFC Totton`s manager cannot hide his delight in securing talented and highly-regarded youngsters Connor York and Curtis Young.
Obtaining both after their release by Premier League side AFC Bournemouth is a massive coup for The Stags.
They both have a long history and connection having been with the Cherries since the age of 7.
As part of AFC Bournemouth`s under-21 and uinder-18 sides they have had full-time football for the past two years, trained with Eddie Howe’s Premier League squad regularly, and were very close to being offered professional contracts.
Langdown said: “The key to recruiting the boys was to offer them as close to that environment as possible on a part-time basis. We faced some stiff competition for their signatures and we couldn’t compete in a bidding war, so our attraction is the culture and environment we offer players.
“We are here to help push the players onto bigger and better things but right now the focus for Connor and Curtis is to get their heads down and continue to work hard and good things will happen for them. They have a great attitude and everyone can see they are very good footballers, and to be honest they are both very likeable lads.”
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Striker Tony Lee has also joined The Stags from Gosport Borough having joined them from Eastleigh towards the last third of the season and managed to score 7 goals in nineteen Vanarama National League South appearances.
At only 20, Lee has plenty of higher league experience and includes a whole host of previous clubs.
Having joined Eastleigh’s first-team squad in the National League, Lee took the opportunity to have loan spells at Poole Town, Dorchester Town, Cirencester, Town and The Stags` league rivals Tiverton Town.
Langdown said: “Tony lives in Southampton, knows some of our existing players, has played with Shane at Dorchester so he is a known quantity to the group. It feels like a good match for both player and club.
“He fits the profile of players we want at the club. He brings quality and ambition and to be honest we chanced our arm at getting him and are delighted we did. Adam Wilde and Jamie Cotton have played a massive role in identifying the right characters and players to help us improve on last year and the feel-good factor around the club has played a key role in persuading players to commit. We believe we are putting together a squad that will play good football and work hard for each other and the shirt”.