Tabletopping BULWELL return to their title challenge this weekend, boosted by no fewer than THREE new signings to herald the start of 2014.
Worried that injuuries were beginning to sap the strength of their squad, The Bulls have swooped to snap up Jamie Walker, Darren Garmston and Ryan Bowen.
And all three go straight into the squad for their big match this Saturday away to second-placed Bilborough Pelican in the Central Midlands League’s (CML) South Division.
Youngster Walker, who can operate at left-back or on the left side of midfield, returns to the club after a brief spell with groundshare rivals and near-neighbours, Basford United, in the Northern Counties East League’s Premier Division.
Walker made the step-up in class at the end of last season after a series of fine performances in Bulwell’s second successive Notts Senior League championship-winning campaign. However, he has not been able to cement a regular spot in Basford’s starting line-up.
Commented a spokesman for the Greenwich Avenue club: “Jamie has had his contract waived to facilitate a move back to Bulwell.
“He has found it incredibly tough to hold down a consistent place this term, despite doing well in patches. The consensus from all parties is that he needs games to continue his development.”
The Bulls are delighted to welcome back Walker. Secretary Andy Radford said: “Without doubt, Jamie is a player who can turn a game in an instant.
“His trickery and goals last season helped the club to the incredible achievement of remaining unbeaten for the whole league campaign. Manager Terry Witts has stated his delight at Jamie’s return.”
Bulwell have been hit in recent weeks by injuries to influential midfielders Emmanuel Kashila-Kanyinda, Ako Abdullah and Marek Vipond, so they are also pleased to snap up Garmston and Bowen.
Garmston (29), who has also been signed from Basford (on a dual registration), was previously with Dunkirk. While the 26-year-old Bowen numbers Gedling Miners Welfare and South Normanton among his former clubs.
South Normanton are one of Bulwell’s current rivals for the CML title. So it was a surprise tonic to hear of a 4-2 defeat for them at home to Real United last Saturday in the only league game to beat the rainy weather.
Normanton remain third in the table, seven points behind Witts’s troops with three games in hand. Victory over Pelican would take The Bulls eight points clear of the Bilborough outfit, having played two games more.
For to slide home.