As revealed on the club’s Twitter account earlier today, we are pleased to announce that four new players have been added to the Peacocks’ squad for the 2017-18 season. Returning to the Viridor Stadium is centre half Chris McGrath who appeared 93 times for Town in his first spell at the club from February 2010 until his departure in 2012 when he went on to play for Bridgwater Town, Tiverton Town and Frome Town. A former Republic of Ireland youth international, 32 year old McGrath has signed from Bideford where he won both the Supporters and Manager’s Player of the Year awards last season.
Also joining up with the Peacocks are three players who were with National League South side Truro City last term. Left sided defender/midfielder Ryan Brett began his career at Plymouth Argyle before spending three seasons at Salisbury City, helping them win promotion to the Conference Premier. The 26 year old then signed for Truro in the summer of 2014 and was part of the side that gained National League South status in 2016. Another former Salisbury man who has come on board at the Viridor is 26 year old midfielder Ben Adelsbury who was on the books of Swansea City as a youngster. He then went on to spend two and a half years with Salisbury from 2009 before going on to play for Eastbourne Borough and Bath City. Completing the trio is experienced 33 year old winger Les Afful who featured in over 250 games for Truro. Starting off as a trainee at Exeter City, he went on to play 78 games for the League side until switching to Forest Green Rovers in 2006 where he also totted up more than 100 appearances and played for the English National Game XI.
We welcome all four players to the club and in more good news, goalkeeper Lloyd Irish has agreed terms for next season. Irish picked up both the Supporters’ and Player’s Player of the Year awards at the presentation dinner yesterday evening (1st June) held at Somerset County Cricket Club. A full review of the evening will be available soon.
Further player news will be announced over the coming days.