EXCLUSIVE: Convicted rapist Tesfaye Bramble backed to start over at Hadleigh United

BACK IN ACTION: Hadleigh signing Tesfaye Bramble, pictured during his Southend United days          PA Photo: Jon Super
BACK IN ACTION: Hadleigh signing Tesfaye Bramble, pictured during his Southend United days PA Photo: Jon Super

Ex-Football League player Tesfaye Bramble has been given a chance to restart his football career with Hadleigh United following his release from prison.

Former Southend United and Stockport County player Bramble, who served two-and-a-half years of a four-and-a-half year sentence for rape, was released earlier this month, and is playing on a non-contract basis with the Thurlow Nunn League leaders.

Hadleigh chairman Rolf Beggerow released a statement when contacted by the Free Press in which he explained the decision to register the older brother of ex-Ipswich Town and Premier League defender Titus Bramble.

“After taking into account several factors and obtaining references, it was a committee decision to support manager Stuart Crawford and several senior players who know Tes very well and give him the opportunity to restart his football career with Hadleigh United.”

Tesfaye Bramble, 33, who scored for Hadleigh in Saturday’s 6-1 victory at Woodbridge on his debut on Saturday, made more than 200 Football League appearances, scoring 61 goals between 2001-2007, for Southend United and Stockport County.

The Ipswich-born stirker also has one international cap for Montserrat, after turning out for the Caribbean Island in 2004.

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