Brad’s back to boost Stamford’s push for promotion
Daniels boss Graham Drury is relishing the prospect of unleashing the Wells brothers – Brad and Kieran – on Stamford’s promotion push.
Drury swooped to sign Brad Wells this week following his departure from National League North side Gainsborough by mutual consent.
The prolific frontman spent time on loan with the Daniels earlier this season but now returns on a permanent basis to join brother Kieran in the Stamford ranks following his move from Basford United a fortnight ago.
The pair – who have played together at Gedling, Handsworth and Long Eaton – will be in Stamford’s squad for Saturday’s crunch EvoStik League Division One South showdown with promotion rivals Alvechurch at the Zeeco Stadium (3pm).
Drury said: “It’s a fantastic signing for us and I’m over the moon to get Brad on board.
“Kieran and Brad are very close. They are like best mates and the work-rate and quality they will bring is fantastic.
“The lads are buzzing about it. They really like Brad and he’s a great character to have around. Everyone is really in it together and they will both be good for us.
“Brad knows what we’re about having spent time on loan with us and, now that he’s settled for the rest of the season, we’ll see a different Brad Wells with even more desire.
“We’ve bought some good characters into the football club which will also improve the team without tinkering around too much.
“We’ve added more fire-power because that’s an area we needed to improve on as a team, but we’ve still got a solid group together. The back five or six and two in midfield have started every game when they’ve been fit.
“We’ve got plenty of quality options for the last 12 league games so we’re in a good position to really push on.”
Stamford go into Saturday’s match on the back of a three-game winning run which has seen them defeat title favourites Basford, beat promotion rivals Bedworth and also return triumphant from a tricky trip to Kidsgrove.
That has put Stamford in fourth spot, a place above Saturday’s visitors Alvechurch who have five games in hand.
The Daniels were also boosted this week by third-placed Frickley having three points deducted for fielding an ineligible loan player.
Drury continued: “We’ve got to put pressure on Alvechurch like we did Bedworth. There’s going to be a lot of twists and turns before the end of the season.
“Football has a nasty habit of hurting you when things are going well so we need to make sure there are no shock defeats in the Daniels camp.
“Alvechurch play the ball around really well and Yusifu Ceesay is very pacy. I’m not quite sure about them defensively so hopefully we can exploit any vulnerability.
“It should be an excellent game and hopefully we get a good crowd to support us.
“The lads deserve a big crowd because the last nine points have been massive. We’ve beaten the top two sides in the division and won away at Kidsgrove which is always a difficult place to go.”
The arrival of Brad Wells this week means striker Sam Hollis is poised to join United Counties League Premier Division side Deeping Rangers on loan.
Drury explained: “Sam needs to get a few matches in. This will give him game-time so he’s fighting fit when he’s needed to come back in.”