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Vanarama National League new boys Boreham Wood have announced the signing of the versatile defender Dan Woodards.

Woodards joins Wood with plenty of Football League experience, having made over 250 appearances with spells at Exeter City, Crewe Alexandra, MK Dons, Bristol Rovers and Tranmere Rovers.

His career though began at Chelsea where he made over seventy appearances for the reserves without actually making a first- team appearance.

After being released by Chelsea he moved down to the South West and joined Exeter.

After two seasons with the Grecians he joined Crewe for a fee reported to be £30,000. It was his versatility that persuaded Dario Gradi to sign him as he could play anywhere along the backline and in midfield.

After his contract expired in 2011, he joined MK Dons and made sixty-six appearances before joining Bristol Rovers.

After departing Rovers he signed a six-month contract with Tranmere, where he made five appearances before suffering a metatarsal injury.

Woodards will combine his first-team footballing duties with taking on a coaching role working and developing under assistant-manager and Academy Director Luke Garrard within the club`s hugely successful PASE Academy.

On sealing the deal Wood boss Ian Allinson said: “Danny’s pedigree is out there for all to see. His versatility and experience was important to me and he will have a big influence within the team.

“I needed to add men to our young squad and in Danny I’ve added strength and knowledge defensively and it will help us establish ourselves in the new National League.”

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