Defender out of retirement and training with Gloucester City

The back line of Gloucester City will look very different at the start of the upcoming National League South season. Having lost four key defenders so far since the end of the last campaign, Marc Richards has a rebuilding job on his hands.

Full backs Keiran Thomas and Lewis Hall both joined National League North side Hereford FC last week, whilst centre halves Robbie Cundy and Kieran Parselle left the club to join National League South rivals Chippenham Town and Bath City respectively.

The Tigers did re-sign centre back Jack Deaman to strengthen the spine of their defence, but full back options look limited ahead of their first pre-season game against Evesham United on Saturday 7 July.

With this in mind, former defender Mike Green has laced up his boots again and started training with the club he left in 2016 to retire and focus more on personal and work commitments.

Green, 33, has made 217 appearances for Gloucester City to date since joining the club from Weston super-Mare in 2010, however he has failed to score a single goal during that time.

The versatility that Green brings will be an attractive proposition for Richards, who has seen the former Southampton youngster play all across the back line as well as in midfield for the Tigers.

Green initially joins as a strength & conditioning coach, but should he opt to resume playing he will be in direct competition to win the starting right back position with Issac Kelly, who impressed when filling in for the injured Thomas last season and as such has signed on for this campaign.