There has been substantial movement in the first team squad this week. Tristan has been released from his contract at his request. We wish him well in his future career.
We have signed striker Tom Meechan from Newport County on a six month loan. “I’m looking forward to working with Tom” said Ryan Northmore. “He has a proven record of scoring goals in non league and we have the added benefit of him training full time with his parent club. We have some good options now in the forward department and some healthy competition.”
Joining him up front is Eliot Richards who has had a great preseason with us. Ryan Northmore said “Eliot joins us after being part of the majority of our preseason preparations. He joins after spells with some top clubs and has a wealth of football league experience. We are delighted to get him signed”
Exciting full back Jordan Williams has signed contract terms having wanted to join us over other clubs who have been chasing him. Of Jordan, Ryan said “he is an interesting addition. I’ve watched his progress since my days with the academy and Jon has stayed in contact with him after his move to Malta. He has the ability to offer an attacking threat down the left and will compliment others in the side.”
In the case of all three players we have to await international clearance from their former clubs – Newport County, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Luxol St Andrews in Malta. It is unlikely clearance will come through for this Saturday.
We are expecting Jason Pope to put pen to paper before the weekend allowing him to be part of the squad for the opening league fixture at home to Whitehawk. Ryan commented on Jason, “he has been with us a while. He has shown great potential. We want to help him turn that into consistent performances week in week out.”
Moving out of the Club on dual registration are Ben Withey to Mangotsfield Utd and Syd Camper to Bridgewater Town. He is joined at Bridgwater by George Kellow, Eliot Ripley and Ash Tandy. All these players can be recalled by Ryan Northmore at any time.
For supporters interest, the football authorities have changed the way that international clearance has to be obtained. Richard Sloane Club Secretary said, “FIFA are now involved and all paperwork has to be sent to Zurich for ratification. The process should mean quicker turn round times although Malta could be more problematical”.