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Defender Isaac Currie signs as Stamford AFC face pre-season matches against Melton Town and Stevenage



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Stamford have bolstered their defensive ranks by signing full-back Isaac Currie.

Currie joins the Daniels having started his career with Nottingham Forest and then moving on to join Burton Albion before going to America to study.

He played stateside with South Carolina United Bantams before signing professional terms with Philadelphia Fury having been with Reading United in the USL League Two.

Action from Stamford's pre-season friendly at Quorn. Photo: Rob O'Brien (58122482)
Action from Stamford's pre-season friendly at Quorn. Photo: Rob O'Brien (58122482)

Currie joined Grantham Town on his return home and has also had spells with Ilkeston, Guiseley and Tamworth before finishing last season in the United Counties League with Newark FC.

Daniels boss Graham Drury said: "Isaac's a very athletic defender and we'll have a look at him to see if he fits into the group in the way which we want to play.

"Hopefully he will fit in well and will be someone we're really keen to keep going into the season."

Action from Stamford's pre-season friendly at Quorn. Photo: Rob O'Brien (58122560)
Action from Stamford's pre-season friendly at Quorn. Photo: Rob O'Brien (58122560)

Stamford continue their pre-season programme with a trip to Melton Town on Saturday (1pm) before hosting League Two side Stevenage - who are managed by ex-Daniels boss Steve Evans - on Tuesday night.

And the Daniels boss has warned his Stamford squad not to test his patience again as he looks for a response from the Daniels after their first reversal of pre-season.

They went down to a 3-1 defeat last weekend at Quorn after a lack-lustre performance on the 3G surface against their lower level Leicestershire hosts.

Action from Stamford's pre-season friendly at Quorn. Photo: Rob O'Brien (58122696)
Action from Stamford's pre-season friendly at Quorn. Photo: Rob O'Brien (58122696)

Despite taking an early lead through Jack Duffy's second goal in as many games, the United Counties League side hit back for a deserved victory.

Drury said: "I won't pull no punches because I was disappointed with the efforts of the boys.

"I don't get it very often from my group, but they got told afterwards as well that I wouldn't accept the effort which they put into the game.

Action from Stamford's pre-season friendly at Quorn. Photo: Rob O'Brien (58122503)
Action from Stamford's pre-season friendly at Quorn. Photo: Rob O'Brien (58122503)

"I think scoring early on after we had bagged 15 goals in three games might have contributed a little bit to it with the attitude of the heat.

"But we have set our standards high so to drop as low as we did was disappointing. We were well below-par.

"I can't take anything away from Quorn. They wanted it more than us, played well and pressed us, but it was the contribution from ourselves that was a big factor for me.

Action from Stamford's pre-season friendly at Quorn. Photo: Rob O'Brien (58122664)
Action from Stamford's pre-season friendly at Quorn. Photo: Rob O'Brien (58122664)

"I don't accept that for the fans who travel and pay their money to support us. It was a lack of effort and I can't apologise enough to them.

"The players knew it as well and they have been told under no circumstances will I accept it again.

"I don't want them to test my patience and do it again because there are other players wanting to join us."

Action from Stamford's pre-season friendly at Quorn. Photo: Rob O'Brien (58122467)
Action from Stamford's pre-season friendly at Quorn. Photo: Rob O'Brien (58122467)

Stamford had gone into the contest on the back of three successive victories.

They beat higher level AFC Rushden & Diamonds 5-3 before scoring five times in the victories over Swaffham and Blackstones.

Drury added: "We upped our game against Rushden & Diamonds as did Quorn against us which contributes to results in friendlies.

"It's pre-season which is a burden for everyone but you have to get on with it because players need to get fit and you have to look at things."



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