Bevan delighted with Fairford’s triple signings

Fairford Town manager Jody Bevan said he is delighted with his three newest signings, as Sam Ayres, Sam Farr and Ian Herring joined the club for the 2020/21 season.

Goalkeeper Ayres and Farr join from Cirencester Town, whilst Herring joins after leaving Hungerford Town where he had been player/manager last season.

The trio join the club days after Fairford announced the signing of Nick Stanley from Shrivenham during the week.

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Speaking to Severn Sport about the signings, Bevan said he delighted to confirm all three and spoke to us about all three individually.

“Sam Ayres actually signed just before lockdown, when we thought both Ben [Mitchell] and Harrison [Ellis] were out for the rest of the season and comes highly recommended. I’ve been highly impressed during preseason and he adds a different dimension at goalkeeper to what we already have.

Sammy Farr is somebody I’ve been trying to get to the club for the last three years to be honest. A huge personality who nobody has ever had a bad word to say about.

He’s already fit in perfectly at the club and I just want him to be able to shine on the pitch as I think he is an under rated player and has put the team before himself for several years whilst at Cirencester.

Ian is a huge signing for us. His experience and character will be absolutely huge. We’ve spoke regularly during his time as manager at Hungerford and I admired from afar as a lot of the principles he put in place and he shares the same ideas and principles about how a non league football club should be run.

When he left Hungerford I called him on the off chance that he might want to play again as he’s only 36 and fit as a butcher’s dog. I was chuffed to get him to our first training session. From there he has loved the training, the atmosphere at the club and the group we have.

When he agreed to sign yesterday I was over the moon. It’s a huge signing for the club and massive for the younger players at our club. He’s signing purely as a player and I can’t wait to see him in a Fairford kit,” Bevan added.

All three are expected to be included in Fairford’s matchday squad on Tuesday night, when they welcome Cirencester Town to Cinder Lane.

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