AFC Sudbury have pulled off a Football League transfer coup as they look to ensure they are not cut adrift in their quest for a play-off place.
Exciting winger Danny Green made his AFC debut in Tuesday night’s 3-0 Ryman League Cup exit at home to Leiston, just a day after it was announced he had left Dagenham and Redbridge by mutual consent.
The 22-year-old made 22 appearances for the League Two outfit since signing from Billericay Town in May 2010, including eight this season.
But assistant manager Michael Shinn accepts his former team-mate won’t be staying with them for long, though hopes he can help their injury-hit squad through a tricky period.
“I played with Greeny at Billericay and have known him for a while,” said Shinn. “His contract came to an end at Dagenham and the day I found out I got on the phone to him as we need players in wide areas at the moment.
“He can come over and get minutes as he will not be here long-term as without doubt he will move up the football ladder again.
“But with the quality he has got it would have been silly not to get him in.”
Green, who is not to be confused with the former Daggers player of the same name now at Charlton Athletic, can play wide left or right.
His arrival came after defensive duo Danny Shipton (2008/09) and Taylor Sinfield (2010/11), the former a player/coach at Long Melford last season, re-signed for the club ahead of playing in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Waltham Forest.
With five players having been trimmed from the squad at the start of last month, following FA Cup and FA Trophy exits, Shinn said the three new additions were a case of needs must with the injury list taking its toll.
“It is a big squad but we have got (James) Baker and (Sam) Clarke injured and several players in the side playing on with niggles just getting through games and we have got to do what we have got to do,” he said.
AFC host eighth-placed Romford on Saturday (3pm) before travelling to in-form sixth-place Aveley in a rearranged game on Monday (7.45pm) currently eight points from the top five in 13th place.
And Shinn knows they cannot afford for that gap to increase after drawing their last four league games.
He said: “If we win Saturday and Monday we will be hovering around the play-offs and we need to stay in touch with that pack.”
James Smith (hamstring), Leon Antoine (work commitments) and Robbie Martin (holiday) are all set to return on Saturday, but Bradley Thomas will serve a one-match suspension.
Striker Lee Boylan is still not match fit and expected to start on the bench.
AFC Sudbury’s youth team were in action at Brentwood in the third qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup last night, with the winners set for a home tie against Gillingham.