Justin Richards, Dion Donahue, Brendon Kelly and Ross Clarke all signed forms for the Royals last night taking the total of new players signed to eight.
Justin Richards is a forward who spent last season at Tamworth. Richards started his career at West Bromwich Albion in 1997, and spent 4 years at the Hawthornes before moving to Bristol Rovers. After two years with Bristol Rovers he switched to Stevenage Borough. In 2004 he signed with Woking, and after a highly successful two years was snapped up by Peterborough United. In 2007 he joined Kidderminster Harriers, where he stayed for two years before he signed with Cheltenham Town. In the summer of 2010 he was signed to Port Vale, before moving on to Burton Albion the following year, and to Oxford United and then Tamworth in 2013.
Dion Donahue is a former Everton midfielder who joins from Caernarfon Town. Dion spent 6 years at Everton and has represented Wales at youth level.
Ross Clarke is a gifted midfielder who joins from Boldmere after impressing in pre season. Ross had a spell at Halesowen Town last season.
Brendon Kelly re joins following 3 seasons away with Halesowen Town where he won the league last year and lists Alvechurch, Stourport and Redditch Utd amongst his former clubs.
We caught up with a delighted Neil Tooth who has this to say, "The new lads have all been in with us for a few weeks now and they have massively impressed me so im really pleased that we have been able to get them signed. Obviously signing Justin will grab all the headlines and rightly so. Justin had fell out with football after his time with Tamworth last year and was considering quitting but he came in just to keep fit and has enjoyed it so I asked the question and we have managed to sort out a deal. Im not stupid I know that Justin should be playing higher and im sure when he starts scoring goals for us and is fully fit clubs will come knocking and that's fine. As I have said to him if we get him for 5, 10, 25 or 200 games it will be a massive bonus for us and he has already shown he is a class act not just on but off the pitch where he is working with and advising our young lads.
Dion moved into the area and asked to come in pre season and I couldn't believe my luck as the lad has so much ability its untrue. Ross is also someone who has impressed in pre season and I think given a run of games he will get better and better.
Brendon returns from helping Halesowen win the league last year and we all know that on his day he is a top class defender and iv been impressed with how fit he has come back so yes to say im delighted would be a an understatement."
Asked if this was the last of the new faces Tooth said, "We have one more to come in next week once all the paperwork has been finalised and then that's us dome and ready for the big kick off."
The new lads will al be on show this Saturday when we entertain Stourbridge at Coles Lane kick off 3pm.