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Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Rushall Olympic have completed the signing of 28-year-old defender Michael Townsend.

The defender is a very experienced player who began his career as a youth team player at Wolverhampton Wanderers where he signed a three-year scholarship.

Although he was quickly promoted to the reserve side, he failed to break through into the first-team and he was released by then manager Glenn Hoddle at the end of the 2003/04 season.

He then joined Cheltenham Town in January 2005 and became a regular in the Robins` team the following season.

It was a successful season as Cheltenham were promoted into League One and Townsend went on to make seventy appearances for them, scoring twice.

In October 2008 he joined Barnet on a month`s loan which was then extended after some good performances.

He turned down the chance of joining the Bees wanting to fight for his place at Whaddon Road.

Through a mixture of attitude, hard work and determination he had re-established himself as a key member of the Cheltenham defence by September 2009 but in May 2010 he was released by the club along with seven other players.

In July 2010 he signed a two-year deal with Hereford United and in January 2012 he signed an extension to his contract to keep him at Edgar Street after several strong performance, which saw him scoop the players` player of the year award and made more appearances than any other players for the second consecutive year. However, at the end of the 2012/13 season he was released by the Bulls after making just seven appearances.

After recovering from injury he joined Tamworth in 2014 but in only his sixth appearance for the Lambs he fractured a vertebrae in the home defeat by Forest Green Rovers in March 2014.

The injury ruled him out for the remainder of the season in which Tamworth were relegated to the Conference North.

He was the first player to commit to Tamworth for this season and shortly before the season began he was named as club captain.

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