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Two More Impressive Ammies Recruits

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Following the signings earlier this week Phil Power, manager of ambitious Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division….

….North club Salford City, has recruited defender Robbie Williams on loan and forward Donal McDermott.

Central defender Williams, 27, joins the Ammies from Vanarama Conference North side Barrow AFC on a three-month loan deal.

Blackpool-born Williams started out with Lytham Football Academy and Blackpool Wren Rovers before joining prominent Welsh Premier side Total Network Solutions in 2005.

A member of the UEFA Champions League squad for the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons, Williams picked up a championship medal at the end of the former campaign.

A move to Altrincham followed at the start of the 2009/10 season and he soon established himself at Moss Lane, winning three Wales semi-professional caps.

In the summer of 2011 he moved to AFC Telford United but was soon loaned back to Alty and also had a spell with Lincoln City.

Has since played for Hyde United and Colwyn Bay before joining current club Barrow in June 2013.

He spent a period on loan with Ashton United earlier this season, turning out against Salford in the recent Doodson Sports Cup tie.

Irish winger/forward McDermott, 25, has also signed on for the Ammies after international clearance was received on Friday.

He started out with Ashbourne United and Cherry Orchard in his native Dublin before being scouted and signed by Manchester City where he was a member of the 2008 FA Youth Cup-winning side.

He made his first senior appearance in English football during a loan spell at MK Dons in September 2008.

A three-month loan spell at Chesterfield followed (fifteen appearances, 5 goals) before a similar deal took him to Scunthorpe United where he made nine appearances.

McDermott was back in City’s youth development squad at the start of the 2010/11 campaign but was sent out on loan again in March 2011, this time to then League One side AFC Bournemouth.

Whilst at Dean Court he helped the Cherries reach the play-offs but despite scoring in the first leg of the semi-final against Huddersfield it was the Yorkshire side who booked their trip to Wembley for the final.

In July 2011 McDermott signed a two-year contract with Huddersfield but was transferred to AFC Bournemouth in January 2012 having made fourteen appearances for the Terriers, scoring once.

Twenty appearances and 1 goal for the south coast side followed and in 2014 he returned to Ireland with Dundalk.

A last day victory over closest challengers Cork City secured the SSE Airtricity league title for Dundalk in October but McDermott decided to return to English football, with Salford City his first port of call.


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