Jon Brady, manager of Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division high-flyers Brackley Town, has improved his squad….
….with the addition of Gary Mulligan and Marvin Robinson.
Former Republic of Ireland under-21 international Mulligan was recently released by Blue Square Bet Premier side Gateshead.
He had joined the Tynesiders for the start of the 2010/11 season following his release from Northampton Town.
The 26-year-old had his half season deal extended until the end of that campaign when he was given another six-month contract.
This season Mulligan started just two games for Gateshead – the 1-3 defeat at Fleetwood Town and the 2-1 win at AFC Telford United.
In all the former Wolves, Sheffield United and Gillingham front man scored seven goals in forty-nine appearances for The Heed.
Robinson is a much-travelled front man who joins Brackley from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side Hednesford Town.
He had joined the Pitmen from Nantwich Town in October 2010.
A former trainee at Derby County, he made his way through the youth system before making his first-team debut off the bench against Arsenal in 1998/99 and his first start against Manchester United the following season as well as appearances for England at under-18 level.
A loan spell at Stoke City began impressively before a horrific broken leg suffered against Rotherham put the loan and Robinson’s career on hold.
It was over eighteen months later that he returned to action and scored in his comeback game for Derby against Sunderland in May 2002.
He was eventually released by Derby in the summer of 2003 making the short switch to Chesterfield in September where he spend a year before returning to the East Midlands to join Notts County in September 2004.
His time at County would be brief, as would his spells at Rushden & Diamonds, Walsall and Stockport County before joining Lincoln City for a season in 2005/06, where he scored eleven goals in twenty-five games and finished as the Imps’ top scorer but left the club to join Maccesfield Town in the summer of 2006.
This would turn out to be torrid stay, where he made just six appearances before a fall out with the management team saw him leave to join Oxford United.
An eighteen-month spell at the Kassam Stadium followed, although a loan spell at Cambridge United in 2007 coincided with a serious car crash he was involved with that saw him miss the next few months.
After struggling to regain his fitness he wouldn’t return to action until Novermber 2008 as he linked up with Kettering Town some nine months after his release from Oxford before leaving to join Redditch United after making just one appearance for the Poppies.
He’d spend the whole of 2009 at Redditch before returning to his native Cheshire to sign for Nantwich.
After eventually moving to the Pitmen, he would play his part in the game that broke the scoring record at Keys Park, scoring four times in a 9-0 win against Weymouth in only his second game at the club.
He became a firm favourite with the supporters due to his aggressive nature and consistent goals record, rejoining the club ahead of the 2011/12 pre-season campaign.