Boss Drury wants new boy Bradley to settle at Stamford

Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson
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Boss Graham Drury wants new signing Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson to put down his footballing roots with the Daniels.

Drury swooped to sign the exciting attacker this week from EvoStik Northern Premier Division side Stafford Rangers.

The 22-year-old is a former Northern Ireland Under 19 international and has previously played professionally in Scotland for St Johnstone.

However, following his move back to England, he has been at a number of non-league clubs including Hereford, Grays Athletic, Bishop’s Stortford, Tonbridge Angels, Ilkeston and St Neots.

But Drury is hoping that the frontman – who will go straight into the Daniels squad for Saturday’s home EvoStik League Division One South clash with Newcastle Town – can settle with Stamford.

He said: “Bradley’s travelled around a bit and probably hasn’t settled anywhere, but a lot of that has been about what’s been going on behind the scenes at the different clubs.

“I want him here for the right reasons and hopefully he will be a good addition to the squad.

“He’s 6ft 1ins, full of pace and likes to get his shots off early so I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Drury is also hoping to extend the stay of fellow forward Liam Adams whose loan from National North side Boston United finish after Saturday’s game.

Adams has been a revelation in his short time at the Zeeco Stadium and, after netting three goals in four games, Drury is eager for him to stay.

He explained: “Liam’s a good kid who has really enjoyed his football with us. He just wants to play so, if he’s not in Boston’s plans, then we want him to stay.

“If Boston give him the opportunity in their first team then I will be really pleased for Liam but, if not, then I’d like to keep him.

“He’s got a great work ethic which will make his own goals. He works his socks off and doesn’t let defenders breath.

“He plays with such high energy, gives everything and I can’t ask for much more than that.”

Stamford go into the Saturday’s match level on points with visiting Newcastle Town having recorded their biggest victory of the season last weekend.

A 5-1 victory away at Alvechurch ensured that Stamford picked up seven points from a possible nine while Drury was abroad at a family wedding.

He commented: “The boys have done a fantastic job while I’ve been away and we now need to carry on that momentum.

“The lads have been tremendous and we’ve done really well to get seven points out of the last nine which has left us in a good, healthy position.

“I was never pressing the panic button about the lack of goals because we have been creating chances in abundance and I knew sooner or later the goals could come.

“I believed in what we were doing and knew it would come for us.”

Summer signing Pearson Mwanyongo is now back in contention after recovering from injury.

But Joe Burgess suffered a setback in training on Tuesday night after he broke down on the road to recovery from a knee injury.

Frontman Jack Jeys remains sidelined while Sam Hill is struggling after missing the Alvechurch match through injury.

Saturday’s home match is followed by a Tuesday night trip to struggling Gresley Rovers.