09 Sep 2020 by John Edwards

Dan Connor's Vanarama National League round-up


Dan Connor brings you all the news from the Vanarama National League in his usual weekly round-up.

With just over three weeks to go before the new Vanarama National League campaign gets underway, clubs are continuing to push for new signings as squads begin to shape up in readiness for the big kick-off.
Recently-appointed Barnet manager Peter Beadle has made his first signing of the summer, bringing in defender Ben Nugent. The 27-year-old previously plied his trade at Cardiff City, Brentford, Peterborough United, Gillingham and Stevenage.
There has been a flurry of activity at Hayes Lane, with Bromley announcing a trio of signings, as well as several contract extensions, during the course of the week.  
The Ravens kicked things off with the signing of striker James Alabi. The former Leyton Orient man has plenty of National League experience, despite being only 25 years of age, with previous spells at Forest Green Rovers, Grimsby Town, Tranmere Rovers, Chester, Eastleigh and Dover Athletic.  
The club also announced the signing of experienced defender Byron Webster. The 33-year-old centre back arrives after playing for Carlisle United last season, and he brings a wealth of Football League experience with him.  
Bromley’s third and final signing of the week comes in the form of midfielder Tom Purrington. The 19-year-old will already have caught the eye of some supporters, having appeared during the club's friendly against Cray Wanderers on Saturday, scoring twice in their 4-3 victory.

Having followed in the footsteps of his older brother Ben, who plays for Charlton Athletic, Purrington came through the academy at Plymouth Argyle, signing his first professional deal in 2018. He also spent time on loan at Dorchester Town during the 2019-20 season, making 20 appearances and contributing three goals.  
Young prospect Tarek Najia is one of four players to have signed a new contract at the club. The 19-year-old Lebanon under-19s goalkeeper began his footballing journey at Dagenham & Redbridge, before joining the Ravens on work experience in 2018. Following his departure from the Daggers, he joined Bromley on a non-contract deal, before signing his first professional contract during the 2019-20 season.
Captain Jack Holland followed suit, putting pen to paper on a new one-year contract. Bromley born and bred, the 28-year-old made 30 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring three times. Holland will also take up a new role coaching within the club’s Academy.
Youngsters Ben Allen and Jude Arthurs have also signed for the club as first-year professionals. The 19-year-olds will train alongside the first team, with the ability to play for the under-23s Professional Development side, too.  
But as new faces arrive, some must depart, and Bromley have waved goodbye to goalkeeper Ryan Huddart. The 23-year-old left by mutual consent, having arrived from Boreham Wood last October. He made 23 appearances during the course of last season.
Chesterfield manager John Pemberton has signed a 12-month contract and announced the appointment of John Dungworth as his new assistant. Pemberton was pleased to have put pen to paper after being engaged on a short-term deal since returning to the club in January, saying: “Nothing changes really for me after coming in towards the end of the season but I’m happy to have it done.”
Dagenham & Redbridge have announced the signings of Bailey Clements and Kai Brown on youth loans from Ipswich Town. Both players had been training with the Daggers since the squad returned to training in August and have played in both pre-season friendlies.  
Clements, a 19-year-old defender, has already gained first team experience at Ipswich, featuring in their Carabao Cup match against Luton back in 2019. Brown, a 19-year-old forward, is a player that manager Daryl McMahon knows well, having coached him at Dagenham & Redbridge a number of years ago when they were both part of the club's Academy set-up. Both will join up with the Daggers until New Year's Day.
The London club have also announced that Will Wright has re-signed for the club. The 23-year-old defender had been on trial with the Daggers and has impressed McMahon enough to warrant a contract offer.  
Dover’s Michael Woods has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent and has subsequently left the club. The midfielder made 35 appearances in all competitions for the Whites, scoring three goals, after joining in July 2019 following the expiration of his contract at Harrogate Town.  
The club have, however, announced the signing of former Grimsby Town striker Ahkeem Rose. The 21-year-old Jamaican made 43 appearances in all competitions for the League Two club before being released in May this year.
Macclesfield Town have made a plethora of signings over the past seven days, as Tim Flowers begins the revamp of his recently-acquired squad.
The club began by announcing the signing of 27-year-old Portuguese winger Wilson Carvalho, who became Flowers’, and the club's, first summer signing after agreeing a deal for the coming campaign.
Macclesfield followed up with the signing of tenacious 25-year-old central midfielder Liam Nolan on a one-year deal. Capped four times by Northern Ireland at under-21 level, the playmaker started his football career at Premier League side Everton.
The signing of 22-year-old winger Chay Tilt became the Silkmen’s third acquisition, also joining the club on a one-year deal. Having been released from Loftus Road last summer, the former Queens Park Rangers man spent last season with Southern League Premier Division side Stourbridge, were he made 25 appearances, scoring 10 times and providing four assists in the process.  
Although not a new signing, the Macclesfield first-team squad welcomed a fourth “new” face to the ranks, as Academy left-back Rocco Fregapane agreed a first-team contract with the club. The youngster began his career at Huddersfield, before a switch to Manchester United where he played for their under-15 and under-16 sides.
But Macclesfield’s signings weren’t done there, as 25-year-old central defender Marvel Ekpiteta and experienced 33-year-old midfielder Sam Walker both arrived on a one-year deals. Ekpiteta, capped at under-20 level by Nigeria, has amassed just under 200 appearances in the non-League game, whilst Walker joins the Silkmen from fellow National League side Stockport County.
Maidenhead United have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Taye Ashby Hammond on a loan deal from Premier League outfit Fulham. The 21-year-old impressed during two separate loan spells for the Magpies last season, keeping five clean sheets in his 22 appearances for the club.  
Notts County have finalised the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Luke Pilling after the shot-stopper left his boyhood club Tranmere Rovers this summer after 17 years of service.
The club have also signed central defender Sam Graham, who returns on loan from Sheffield United. The 20-year-old, whose loan deal lasts until January initially, put in a number of impressive performances for the Magpies at the beginning of last season before suffering an Achilles injury which ruled him out of the rest of the campaign.  
Solihull Moors have further bolstered their squad with the signing of exciting Leeds United left-back Joshveer Shergill on a one-year contract. The 18-year-old was previously at West Bromwich Albion, before signing a two-year scholarship with Walsall in June 2018 and then joining Leeds.
Striker Josh Umerah has joined Torquay United on a one-year deal, arriving at the Gulls following a spell with divisional rivals Ebbsfleet United last season.
Weymouth have finally announced the replacement of former manager Mark Molesley as they welcome Brian Stock. Stock joins Weymouth from the AFC Bournemouth backroom staff, where he was appointed as an Academy Coach after a successful professional playing career. The 38-year-old had previously run his own private youth Academy with great success and also earned his UEFA B coaching badge.
Woking have made three new signings this week, as 23-year-old midfielder Charlie Cooper from Halifax Town, 19-year-old goalkeeper Harvey White from Watford and 20-year-old midfielder Tommy Block from Hibernian all arrive at Kingfield Stadium.
And, finally, Yeovil Town have confirmed the signing of Daniel Leadbitter on loan from Newport County until the end of the season. The right-back, who has vast experience within the EFL with Bristol Rovers and Torquay, arrives to bolster their defensive options.
Elsewhere at the club, defensive duo Lee Collins and Luke Wilkinson have both signed contract extensions for an additional year, with no additional financial incentives. Collins and Wilkinson both enjoyed successful debut seasons for the Glovers, with Wilkinson featuring in the Non-League Paper’s team of the season.


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