Club's International Signings
Sheffield FC have been busy on the International front this week, and have not disappointed, making four signings to strengthen an already exciting squad - all of whom have International credentials.
Manager Ian Whitehorne had already stated this week his intentions to add to his small, but talented, squad and set out to strengthen key areas by bringing in four names that have all pulled a Sheffield FC shirt on in one way or another.
First up was striker Zeph Thomas (left), who impressed in a recent trial game by volleying home a spectacular effort inside the first five minutes. 23 year old Thomas has signed from Canadian outfit Thunder Bay Chill, having also starred with Scottish club Cowdenbeath and making two international appearances with the St Kitts and Nevis national side.
“Zeph was recommended to us in the close season,” said Ian Whitehorne, “so we invited him down for a trial. He’s sharp, lively and very promising. He’s a good lad who’ll give us more attacking options. The experience he had in the USL Premier Development League with Thunder Bay and with Cowden in the Scottish League will stand him in good stead, whilst it is always good to have international appearances on your CV.”
Next along is keeper Jamie Annerson, (right) who also played in the same trial match, again impressing with a competent performance. Despite being only 24 years old, Annerson has a wealth of experience with local football clubs, and has been with Sheffield United, Rotherham United, Chesterfield and Mansfield Town - he also made four international appearances for England under 19s back in 2008, including a game against Turkey where he kept a clean sheet.
“All Jamie has known is professional football,” said Whitehorne, “he’s played for everybody who’s anybody in the region, and if it wasn’t for a career threatening injury in the past year, I’d expect him to go onto bigger things. He’s going straight into the squad tomorrow, as Poults is unavailable, so Club fans will be able to see how good he is for themselves pretty soon!”
Both Thomas and Annerson go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s Non-League Day game against Market Drayton (kick off 3:00pm), but Coach Wit hasn’t stopped there with the signings, as he moved pretty quickly to land two more signings as soon as their feet had touched the tarmac at the airport.
Big, popular defender Tom Burgin (left) was the first to put pen to paper, signing for a second spell following another successful term in Sweden, this time with Second Division Piteå Idrottsförening (don’t expect anyone to say this out loud at the Club).
Tom was with Sheffield for the first half of the 2011-12 season, under the stewardship of Mark Shaw, where he impressed with several man-of-the-match performances. “We’ve had Tom before,” said Ian, “He’s big, strong, uncompromising. Most fans will remember Tom as a tough tackling defender before he went to Sweden, I can tell you he’s got better!”
Finally midfielder Ted Cribley (right) returns for a third spell with Shefffield, having made one appearance away at Market Drayton Town last season. “Ted is part of the same successful under 19s squad that brought us Gascoigne and Purkiss, so he’s no stranger to the Club,” explained the boss. “We are waiting on international clearance on both Ted and Tom, but they will be great additions when it comes through.”
“Ted came back from the USA last season, and was taken on trial with Sheffield United, but a pretty nasty knee injury put paid to anything then. He’ll be looking to make an impression, he’s a class player, so I expect him to fit in as soon as possible.”