Longlevens have completed a bulk transfer of 16 Abbeymead players after a major shake up at the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two side.
The news has been confirmed and the transfers verified by the GFA after consultations between both clubs to get the deals done.
Former Abbeymead Rovers First Team Manager Dale Rawlins is one of the men to transfer and has shed some light into the transfers and why Longlevens was the club to go to.
“A couple of weeks ago Abbeymead decided that a change of face was needed in there First Team management and a decision which is truly respected and understood was made. However I felt I needed a change of club to go back and hopefully reinstate my playing career."
"I’d like to put on record that I will be forever grateful for the chance Abbeymead gave me at only 19 years of age and with very little managing experience of running there first team and would like to wish them the very best for the future. "
"Longlevens is a club that I looked at as a potential place for playing having known the Chairman [Mark Cornell] from previous playing days and also because I knew if playing doesn’t last due to my long injury then there would be other options I could pursue at the club."
"A lot of the Abbeymead first team were lads I had taken to the club and the majority of these lads have chosen to start a new path with me at Longlevens.” Rawlins said.
Already four of the players signed on have appeared for the Longlevens Reserves side and there are still more new arrivals expected to be bedded in over the coming games.
Following the transfers and after getting a look at some of the new signings, Longlevens Reserves player/manager Luke Kavanagh is hoping that the new faces will add a level of competition for places throughout the football club.
“It certainly came as something as a surprise when it was announced that these lads were available and keen to come to the club."
"We’d played against Abbeymead in a pre season and without the heroics of Kane Winman would have probably lost the game, so we knew that they would have a good level of quality to add across the club."
"A massive thanks to Craig Martin and Andrew Davis for their hard work behind the scenes, they’ve both worked tirelessly into the small hours in order to get these lads transferred and registered ready to start playing for the club ASAP."
"We are hoping that it will raise the standard of intensity and competition throughout the football club. Like any football club, we have some good players here, but sometimes it takes a little but if competition for people to really kick on become great players.”
Longlevens Chairman Mark Cornell has also welcomed the transfers and simply said that the transfers add quality and depth to the club and shows the family spirit and togetherness the club believes in.
Longlevens Reserves are back in Gloucestershire Northern Senior League action this weekend, with a home fixture against Harrow Hill. The game kicks off at 13:00 due to the First Team’s FA Cup First Qualifying Round match.