Stamford AFC re-sign star striker Ryan Robbins
Ryan Robbins is back. The St Kitts and Nevis international striker has rejoined Stamford AFC this week having left last Autumn.
Robbins left the club when Andrew Wilson replaced manager David Staff at the Daniels. Wilson’s reign lasted just 10 games but by the time Graham Drury was appointed manager before Christmas the club’s star striker, who had been top scorer for the previous two seasons, had joined Conference North side Boston United.
But things didn’t work out at The Pilgrims, despite making a real impact on his debut with a goal. He played 15 times before going out on loan to Corby Town.
With the striker unhappy at the club, Drury has brought the proven goal scorer back to his Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side to add some much needed pace and goals to his attacking options.
Robbins, 28, said on Saturday: “I’m looking forward to signing at Stamford again, get back to firing goals, playing and most importantly winning. I am hungry.”
He added later in the week: “My thoughts are all good about returning for my second spell at the club. I am really looking forward to working with the gaffer, his views are the same as mine. We can get the club where it should be.
“Plus Stamford are a club I hold dear to me as it opened up many doors for me including world cup qualifiers.”
Going in the other direction is striker Jake Newman who is expected to join Rushden and Diamonds. Newman joined from Spalding United in December 2015 and scored eight goals in 19 appearances for the club.
Drury has also signed Elliot Sandy this week.
Sandy, who is in his 30s, can play at a striker, or in the number ten role and even as a holding midfielder if required giving Drury plenty of options.
The pair of attacking players are just the latest players to join Stamford AFC.
Earlier in the week Drury moved to address the lack of height in his side by bringing in a 6ft 3in centre back as one of three new signings.
Last season, even after Drury’s return to the club, the Daniels looked susceptible at set-pieces, often out muscled by big visiting sides.
Well the addition of big centre back Kern Miller from King’s Lynn, to play alongside the towering Tom Batchelor, should go some way to addressing that problem.
Miller, 24, has bounced around clubs, making football league appearances for Lincoln City and Accrington Stanley before dropping down to non-league football to play for the likes of Gainsborough Trinity, Worksop Town, Boston United and Grantham Town. Last season he played 36 games for King’s Lynn who play at the same level as Stamford but in the Southern half of the league.
Also coming into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club, who were saved from relegation after Evo-Stik Southern League Division One, South and West champions Cinderford Town AFC rejected promotion two weeks ago, is a familiar face in Niall Mather, who played for Drury during his second spell leading the club is young goalkeeper Taylor McMillan.
Mather never played for the Daniels during his first spell with the club after picking up a serious knee injury in training. He joins from East Midlands Counties side Holbrook Sports. At 24 his best football is still to come and his versatility, and ability to play in most positions on the pitch, make him the perfect squad player.
Taylor, 21, joins from East Midlands Counties Premier Division side Anstey Nomads. He looks likely to start the season as a number two to Paul Bastock.