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Shaw Lane Bolster Already Strong Squad

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Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South leaders Shaw Lane AFC have added two players to their already impressive-looking squad.

The Barnsley-based outfit have signed midfielders Simon Lenighan and Lee Stevenson.

Rotherham terminated Lenighan`s contract in February 2016 after an internal investigation.

The 22-year-old was suspended by the club in early December, just a week after he joined, when he was convicted of assaulting three women.

Lenighan avoided jail but was sentenced to a community order for twelve months, including 150 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay damages.

The former Leeds United academy product, who had loan spells with Alfreton Town and Halifax Town whilst at Elland Road, did not make a first-team appearance during his time with Rotherham.

He then had spells with Harrogate Town and Frickley Athletic and Warrington Town before signing for Vanarama National League North side Altrincham in November.

Stevenson re-signed for Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division side King`s Lynn Town in March 2015, initially on loan from Alfreton Town for the rest of that season before joining on a more permanent basis during the summer.

The attacking midfielder first joined Lynn as an 18-year-old on loan from Sheffield Wednesday in March 2003, making his debut against Bashley.

A ruptured cruciate ligament in the following pre-season looked as if it might result in him missing the entire campaign but, following surgery, he returned to action in February 2004.

The following season saw him struggle with injury and was unable to secure a regular first team place.

The arrival of manager Tommy Taylor and the discovery that there were still complications surrounding the surgery he had the previous year saw Stevenson leave the Walks.

After a period of recovery, he joined Belper Town in November 2006 where he scored 96 goals in his time with the Nailers, moving on to Eastwood Town in the summer of 2010.

He signed with Mansfield Town in May 2011, becoming a full-time professional for the first time making fifty-five appearances, scoring 17 goals.

He made a total of sixty-two appearances for Mansfield scoring 18 goals.

He joined Alfreton for a second spell in July 2014 having spent time on loan to them in October 2011. His time at Alfreton also saw a two-month loan spell at Stockport County.

He made sixteen appearances for Alfreton prior to joining Lynn, scoring twice.


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