Longlevens have completed the signing of striker James Campbell from Evesham United and will go straight into the matchday squad for their Hellenic League fixture against Lydney Town on Wednesday evening.
The former Cheltenham Town youth player completed his registration with the Hellenic Premier side and joins them for the 2018/19 season. Campbell can still appear for Evesham United though, if they find themselves short during the season.
Campbell, 30, began his football career at Charlton Rovers and Cheltenham Town academy before leaving football at the age of 14 to pursue a dream of being a professional athlete, after excelling at the javelin throw as a youngster.
The former midfielder and defender achieved a decent career in athletics, winning a gold medal at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games, before picking up football once more when he returned to the county three years ago.
He was forced to give up the javelin after a series of injuries and since his return to football has been unfortunate with his run of bad luck with injury.
Campbell scored 34 goals in the 16/17 season for Gloucestershire Northern Senior League side Charlton Rovers before moving to Evesham United for the 17/18 season.
Last season Campbell joined Fairford Town on a dual registration deal that was cut short due to injury.
Longlevens first team manager Mark Moore has hailed the incoming Campbell as a landmark signing for the club, considering the lack of budget for his side.
“It’s great for the club. James has been over to watch for a few games and we have spoke a lot. We’ve been chasing him for a few weeks now so it’s great to get it done. He is keen to help take us in the right direction and has a great attitude,” Moore told Severn Sport.
“James has struggled with injuries last season but is now fully fit so hopefully we can get him back playing regular football and get him back playing in the Southern League, where a player of his quality belongs.”
“Every striker wants to hit the ground running as they know they get judged on how many goals scored. With that in mind we know he is a great player and Paul Collicutt speaks very highly of him. It is now just a case of getting him to settle in and his qualities will come to fruition.”
Campbell now joins a Longlevens front line that boasts Shaun O’Connor, Myron Turner, Adam Philp and 16 year old Isaac Johns, as well as utility player/assistant manager Craig Martin. Moore sees Campbell fitting in perfectly with the rest of the forwards.
“James is going to compliment the strikers, for sure. Between them all they all offer something a little bit different. I’m sure Myron, Shaun & Adam in particular will enjoy playing off him. He is a big strong lad and can be our focal point.”
You can watch how Campbell gets on in his first game for his new side when Longlevens welcome local rivals Lydney Town to Saw Mills on Wednesday evening. You can follow the game via live updates on our Twitter.