Ellis Dunton has joined Cirencester Town’s survival bid in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier from the other side of the world.
Former Cirencester favourite Dunton left for Australia last March and his first year in Adelaide has been nothing if not eventful.
In only his eighth game for State League side Salisbury United he suffered a horrific match day injury which required surgery to remove a testicle.
He was back playing in four weeks and not only helped Salisbury’s play-off push – they missed out by just one place – he also, bizarrely, turned out for the Democratic Republic of Congo in the final of the African Nations Cup tournament in South Australia.
Dunton landed at Heathrow Airport in the early hours of Friday morning and joined his former team-mates at Dunstable Town on Saturday, watching the side earn a well-deserved point with a stoppage-time equaliser to take their unbeaten run to four games.
With his international clearance already ratified, Dunton is free to line up in the relegation `six-pointer` at home to fellow strugglers Hayes & Yeading United on Saturday and hopes to have a run-out before then when the development team takes on Hook Norton at the Corinium Stadium on tomorrow night.
No-nonsense defender Dunton was a member of the 2013/14 Southern League-winning team and arguably the most promising young player in the Cirencester squad.
He had made 183 first-team appearances by the age of 22 when he left on a year-long visa to Adelaide last March, with a view to making a new life `Down Under`.