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More ins and outs as Drury rebuilds the Daniels

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New Stamford AFC manager Graham Drury is not so much building a new team as he is re-building the old one.

In the last week the Daniels have re-signed striker Greg Smith from Grantham Town, defender Tom Batchelor and midfielder David Bell from Spalding.

Smith and Bell both left the club under manager Andrew Wilson having been offered more money to play for Stamford’s local rivals.

Batchelor left the club while David Staff was still in charge due to personal circumstances.

Last week defender Nathan Fox exited the club leaving Stamford short at left back, but Drury has been quick to fill that hole with the signing of Jason Field who played for the club in 2013-14 and has turned out in the Conference North for Boston United.

Fox has been one of the standout performers for Stamford since joining from Rugby Town last season, bring a real attacking threat down the flank from defence, however while the Daniels will lose something in attack Drury is confident Field brings them added stability in defence.

Stamford AFC v FC United of Manchester. Tom Batchelor jumps. Photo: John Evely EMN-150323-141107001
Stamford AFC v FC United of Manchester. Tom Batchelor jumps. Photo: John Evely EMN-150323-141107001

The two worked together when Drury was at Boston United.

There are plenty of new faces as well and more are expected.

Drury has added midfielder Jake Duffy to his squad, a man he managed while at Holbeach United.

Another addition is former England C international goalkeeper Jonathon Hedge - however Richard Knightm who has been the club’s player of the season so far, is said to be staying put despite his current absence because of work commitments.

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Hedge has previously played for Rotherham, Grimsby Town, Telford, Cambridge United and Tamworth.

Heading in the other direction is Leicester City academy winger Aaron Hassall, who leaves the club having finished his one month loan deal.


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