Ex Ipswich Town midfielder to help fire Sudbury

NEW AFC Sudbury signing Jamie Griffiths has promised the Yellows’ fans goals to help them seal promotion.

The Former Ipswich Town player has opted to get games under his belt at his hometown club before trialling with Football League clubs in the summer.

Griffiths, released from Portman Road in January having made one senior appearance in 11 years, even revealed he turned down Blue Square Bet Premier side Braintree Town to join AFC.

“I had been offered to sign until the end of the season (at Braintree) but I wanted to play games and was not guaranteed that there.”

After AFC manager Chris Tracey had been round Griffiths’ house in Great Cornard in January and recommended him to some top non-League sides, if things did not work out at the likes of Colchester United and Gillingham, the 20-year-old was more than happy to repay the favour.

He told the Free Press: “It will definitely benefit both parties.

“I absolutely loved playing on Saturday and it was good. I can’t wait for the weekend and hopefully I can help push them into the play-offs.”

Griffiths was a late change to the team at Enfield with Danny Charge dropping out in the warm-up. And he laid on two goals to see AFC become the first team to take a point off them in nine matches at their new stadium.

The predominantly left-sided midfielder may have been the assist-maker Saturday, but now hopes to show the Sudbury fans some goals of his own.

“Hopefully I can score a few myself,” he said.

Defensive midfielder Russell Pond, 25, from Heybridge Swifts also made his debut at Enfield, with Tracey ‘delighted’ with his new additions.

He takes his side into a massive home game on Saturday against play-off rivals Brentwood Town (3pm) urging the people of Sudbury to roar them to victory in their last five home matches and to give them a shot at promotion.

AFC, in eighth — two points off the play-offs — then travel to 12th-placed Waltham Abbey on Tuesday (7.45pm).