AFC pull off transfer coup on eve of new season
AFC Sudbury have bolstered their squad on the eve of the new season with the signing of ex-Brentford midfielder Aaron Greene.
The 21-year-old, who was released by the Sky Bet Championship club at the end of last season, is one of two players to have joined The Yellows in the last few days, ahead of their first game of the 2016/17 campaign.
Sudbury make their Ryman League Premier Division bow with an intriguing home clash against Dulwich Hamlet at The Wardale Williams Stadium on Saturday (3pm) — an opening day fixture which manager Jamie Godbold expects to be a tough test.
“We start against last season’s beaten play-off finalists and it should be a terrific game,” said the AFC boss, who takes his side to Grays Athletic for their first Premier Division away game on Wednesday (7.45pm).
“It will be a good chance to see where we are at as we’re playing one of the best teams in the league.
“The players are really excited. We’re going to enjoy every single minute of it this season.
“I’m sure it’s going to be a rollercoaster and I’m sure we are going to have some bad days at the office.
“But if we can get some good wins along the way and we can try to be competitive then I’ll be happy.”
Along with the signing of left-sided player Greene, Sudbury have brought in teenage goalkeeper Callum Robinson following his release by Sky Bet League Two outfit Colchester United.
Greene netted two goals in AFC’s 4-0 pre-season friendly win at Heybridge Swifts at the weekend and Godbold insists the deal will benefit both club and player.
“We’ve taken him on a short-team deal and he fits the profile of what we’re looking for,” Godbold said. “Aaron’s come here to play games for us to get fit.
“He has aspirations to get back into the pro game and it’s a deal which I think will be good for both parties.”
Godbold has managed to keep hold of almost all of last season’s Ryman League Division One North title-winning squad, with 13 players confirmed to have re-signed for the club’s maiden campaign at Step Three level.
However, one player who will not be returning to AFC for the new season is Danny Cunningham, who this week it was announced has joined lower league Stowmarket Town.
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