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Romford sign six ahead of new season

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:55 24 July 2018

Romford sign goalkeepers Steven Reynolds (left) and Rhys Hughes (right) (Pic: Steve Gardener)

Romford sign goalkeepers Steven Reynolds (left) and Rhys Hughes (right) (Pic: Steve Gardener)

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Romford announced six more additions to their squad ahead of the 2018/19 Bostik North campaign.

Romford sign Michael Clarke (Pic: Steve Gardener)Romford sign Michael Clarke (Pic: Steve Gardener)

Boro have penned deals with some familiar faces including Steven Reynolds, Michael Clarke and Kurt Smith while adding George Forrest, Nathan Joseph and Rhys Hughes.

Goalkeeper Reynolds return for his second season at the club after impressing last campaign despite taking a brief break to concentrate on training for the London Martahon.

He did however come back and play a huge part in Romford’s great escape in the final week of last season.

Joining him in between the sticks is 20-year-old goalkeeper Hughes, who started his career at National League club Ebbsfleet United, before being sent out on loan to Redhill at the age of 17.

He then went to Greenwich Borough and also spent time a Cray Valley before going back to Redhill where he spent last season.

24-year-old Clarke is returning to Romford after moving to America for a handful of years.

He played for Boro at the age of 17 and then went on to study in New Jersey on a football scholarship for four years.

Clarke has since moved back to the UK and ended up playing Sunday League last season for Global FC.

18-year-old winger Joseph agreed a deal after impressing against Ware on the weekend.

Joseph has represented the county and district and also captained his county to national championship in year 11.

Manager Paul Martin also moved to bring in six foot two defender Forrest ahead of the new season.

18-year-old Forrest has spent time at Ipswich Town and Colchester United as a youngster.

He has since played for league rivals Maldon & Tiptree and Colchester Academy and has made more than 40 appearances at the Jammers and Cheshunt.

Also a return for versatile player Kurt Smith, who has played more than 130 times for the club, netting 53 goals during that time.

Manager Paul Martin said: “I know Kurt very well and he will bring with him a wealth of experience.”

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