Fairford sign Stanley from Shrivenham

Fairford Town have confirmed the signing of Nick Stanley from Shrivenham for the 2020/21 season.

Stanley, who had a brief loan spell at Cinder Lane at the start of the 2017/18 season, is a player that manager Jody Bevan has long admired.

Bevan brings in the former Cirencester Town, Evesham United and Swindon Supermarine man after the departure of Kallum Thomas and is delighted to bring in such an experienced replacement.

“Nick is a versatile player who can play across the midfield or at left back,” said Bevan.

“I’ve known him since he was a 17 year old first starting out for Cirencester Town and I am well aware of the qualities he possesses, particularly as he scored two absolute worldies against us last season!

Last week we received confirmation that Kallum Thomas would be leaving the club for Thatcham Town, so I was eager to sign a replacement as quickly as possible. Nick was my first thought and I am absolutely delighted to get him on board for the season.

His experience will be a huge boost to the existing squad as we look to progress again this season,” Bevan added.

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Bevan also wished the outgoing Thomas the best of luck at Thatcham Town and was full of praise for the young full back.

“Kallum leaves with our best wishes. In my opinion he was one of the most under-rated players at our level and he was always a huge credit to the club. He lives two minutes away from Thatcham’s ground, so once we were aware of the interest, we always knew he was likely to leave.

Thatcham have a good young player in Kallum and I hope he thrives there,” said the former Gloucester City striker.

As pre-season kicks off around the county this weekend, Bevan will be looking to continue to shape his squad for the new season and has admitted that whilst there is interest in some of his squad, he is confident at keeping them together.

“It has always been my intention to keep last year’s squad intact and the plan has always been to add ‘two or three’ players to compliment and improve on what we already had.

I’m aware of interest from other clubs in a number of our players but I am confident of being in a strong position by 1st September. We have a number of ‘irons in the fire’ and I have always been firmly of the belief that we are a fantastic club for people to come and enjoy their football in an ambitious, professional and friendly environment,” added Bevan.

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