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Wells brothers depart Daniels to join league rivals

Graham Drury (2434003)
Graham Drury (2434003)

Daniels boss Graham Drury insists he won't become involved in a bidding war for players this summer.

Striking brothers Brad and Kieran Wells have both decided against returning to the Zeeco Stadium next season in favour of a switch to Stamford's new Evo-Stik League Division One East rivals AFC Mansfield.

They are both based close to AFC Mansfield's Forest Town Stadium which Drury admitted was a factor in their decision to turn down his invitation to return to pre-season training with the Daniels.

Drury said: "It's more local for them and they've both got babies on the way so have said that they want to play closer to home.

"They've both signed contracts with AFC Mansfield so I want to wish them all the best.

"But I won't be pushing the boat out for anybody this season. I'm not getting in a battle with anybody over money."

Brad spent two spells with the Daniels last season after joining on a permanent basis following a loan stint when he was released by then-National North side Gainsborough Trinity.

He linked up with brother Kieran who joined the Daniels in February following his release from Evo-Stik League Division One South champions Basford United.

Brad bagged four goals in 20 appearances for Stamford last season while Kieran found the net three times in his 10 outings.

He scored the second goal in Stamford's epic play-off semi-final success over Frickley before being sent off and missing the final through suspension.

The remainder of last season's squad will return to pre-season training next week with Drury hopeful that those who have been offered deals will put pen-to-paper.

He added: "We only need to really add four or five new players to the squad and hopefully we will get some more signed up next week.

"The ones we want to keep from last season have all verbally agreed to stay but, until they put to pen-to-paper, you just never know.

"The deals have been struck so I am confident, but you can never be sure because someone else could come in and wave a magic wand in front of them."

Frontman Liam Adams has committed himself to the Stamford cause after signing a new deal following his release from Boston United.

Brad Wells (2434005)
Brad Wells (2434005)
Kieran Wells (2434007)
Kieran Wells (2434007)

Stamford have rearranged several of their planned pre-season friendlies.

The match away at Corby Town - which was scheduled for Saturday, August 11 - has now been moved to a home fixture at the Zeeco Stadium and will take place on Tuesday, July 17.

Stamford will travel to face Southern League Central Division side Peterborough Sports on the original date for the Corby fixture – Saturday, August 11.

That also means the away match at Harrowby United for the Pete Down Cup scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, has been switched to Thursday, July 26.

The Daniels have arranged an additional friendly away at Midland League side Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday, July 28.

The 19th annual grand draw of the Stamford AFC 200 Club was held in the clubroom at the Zeeco Stadium last week.

Once again it was well attended and the winners were: First prize £1,000 Paddy Ivens, second prize £500 Mrs I. Atkins, third prize £400 Yvonne Couzens, fourth prize £350 Chris Harlock, fifth prize £300 James Bedford, sixth prize £250 Elaine Heppolette, seventh prize £200 Nick Bredon, consolation prize one £150 Denise Potter, consolation prize two £100 Brian Gibbons.

Together with the weekly prizes of £170, a total of £10,050 was paid out. Stamford AFC wishes to thank all the members of the 200 Club for their excellent support over the years.

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