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Stortford FC coach raves at trio of new signings

By Alan.Scott  |  Posted: September 30, 2010

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BLUES have confirmed that there has been no change in the budget despite the arrival of three more high-profile new signings.

Former Arsenal, Watford and Rotherham United central midfielder Paolo Vernazza started against Bromley in Saturday’s FA Cup tie.


Left-sided midfielder Chris Arthur, 30, also impressed against Bromley. He has been playing for a professional club in Turkey, having left Coca-Cola Championship club QPR.


The third new signing is Ghanaian striker Shabazz Baidoo. He has played for QPR and Lewes and made his debut in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay defeat.


As revealed last week, former Arsenal and Republic of Ireland international centre-half Joe O’Cearuill (pronounced O’Carroll) has also been signed. He was also given a debut by Blues boss Mark Simpson against Bromley.


He was playing for Blue Square Premier outfit Forest Green Rovers last term.


Vernazza previously played for Hemel Hempstead after dropping out of the Football League. He made 96 appearances for Watford and 11 for the Gunners.


Arthur looks a strong presence on the left. “An agent told us about Chris,” explained Blues coach Tim Moylette. “Agents get a lot of stick but he has done us a favour there.”


Moylette is delighted with the signings. “The new players all made a difference. Joe is a very assured centre-back. Chris was threatening and Paolo is different gravy. He has got so much talent. We have signed three fantastic players there.


“Some have come in and some have to go out. This new team is looking a totally different prospect. I have never seen such quality coming in here. It does not always equate to results but hopefully now the results will come through.”


Meanwhile, wingers Charlie Simpson and Sheldon Sellears have signed for Ryman division one north outfit Waltham Forest – managed by ex-Blues assistant boss Tony Mercer – on a dual registration. 


Youngster Tom Querry (midfielder) has joined Sawbridgeworth Town on a dual registration and left-back Ted Llewellyn has quit the club permanently. Winger George Daly, who came from League Two Wycombe, has also left.


Meanwhile, central midfielder Scott Shulton (hamstring) will miss Saturday’s trip to St Albans City in Blue Square South, along with keeper Nicky Eyre (groin).


* STRIKER Matt Judge has joined Ryman premier Aveley on a dual registration deal.

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