Vanarama National League South club Chelmsford City have announced the signing of goalkeeper Ashley Timms and full-back Ashley Miller, who joins from Bishop’s Storford.
Much-travelled Timms, who is in his late twenties, began his playing career at Manchester City before appearing for sides such as Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and Fulham.
The experienced shot stopper joins from league rivals Maidenhead United after he signed for the Magpies from troubled Hyde FC.
The former Norwich City and Shrewsbury Town ‘keeper starred for Maidenhead, now managed by ex-Braintree Town boss Alan Devonshire, in their 1-1 draw with the Clarets in March.
Devonshire recently signed Iron keeper Nick Hamaan to join him at York Road, allowing Timms to team up with Hawkes’s side for the 2015/16 season.
He currently resides in Nottingham, serving Conference North side Boston United in January 2014 before leaving by mutual consent, paving the way for his move to Hyde and then the Magpies.
And Timms admitted it was tough to keep the lid on his move to the Clarets after rejecting some offers from the league above.
“When I played against Chelmsford last year, what I remember most is that they were a really young and fit side and they played good football,” he said. “To be fair they probably should’ve won both games (the Clarets lost 2-0 away and drew the reverse fixture 1-1)!
“I’m really happy to be here and hopefully add to the team that they’ve already got.
“I’m hoping to come here and have a good season under my belt. As the manager knows, I’ve turned down a couple of National League sides who play full-time to be here. They’ve got a great set-up, a good stadium and a great fan base, so I want to bring stability and I’ve got a lot of experience.
“There’s a lot of travelling but my missus is a wedding planner. We live in Nottingham, which is quite a way, but she travels to London every weekend.
“At a weekend it’s not a problem and we get to spend more time together. From where I’m from there’s not a lot of traffic so it evens itself out and training won’t be too difficult.”
The Clarets can also confirm the signing of Ashley Miller, a full-back from Bishop’s Stortford.
Miller, who began his career at West Ham United, joined Stortford on loan in October 2008 before playing 48 times for Canvey Island in-between finalising his switch to the Blues.
The full-back, who will give City’s 2014/15 young player of the year Rob Girdlestone some stern competition, said that the offer to join a club of Chelmsford’s size was simply irresistible.
“It’s a big club,” he said. “It’s always good to have healthy competition and it’ll make me work even harder.
“It’ll make Rob work harder too and we’re all team mates so it should help the team.
“Mark gave me a call a few weeks ago and told me what his plans are for the future. For me I didn’t have to think about it and I couldn’t miss the opportunity.
“It’s a nice stadium, nice fans and a great set of players, so hopefully we can do well this season.”