September 29th, 2016

UPDATED – Bromsgrove Sporting boss agrees terms with Robbie Bunn

UPDATED – Bromsgrove Sporting boss agrees terms with Robbie Bunn UPDATED – Bromsgrove Sporting boss agrees terms with Robbie Bunn
Bromsgrove Sporting manager Paul Smith. Picture: ANDRE ROBERTS
Updated: 9:30 pm, Jun 14, 2016

BROMSGROVE Sporting manager Paul Smith has made his fourth deal of the summer after agreeing terms with attacking midfielder Robbie Bunn.

Although Bunn will not be able to officially sign for Sporting until July 1 when player forms are processed by league officials, the 21-year-old midfielder is the latest player to strike a deal with the Rouslers boss.

The agreement comes after Sporting’s midfield maestro Liam Spink announced he would be making a return to Southern Premier League outfit Redditch United with Smith saying Bunn, formerly of the Reds and Midland League rivals Littleton, will ‘fill the void’ in the centre of the park.

Providing circumstances don’t change from now until the start of July, Bunn will be making the move to the Victoria Ground along with Tony Clarke and Joe Haines from Lichfield City and Chris Lloyd from Chelmsley Town.

Lloyd, who used to play under Smith during his time at Alvechurch, helped Chelmsley secure promotion from Midland League Division Two with 51 goals in 42 outings while Clarke finished as second top scorer in Division One with 38 goals in 45 appearances.

Haines meanwhile made 42 appearances at left back for Lichfield and the Rouslers boss has had to fight off stiff competition from Premier Division sides Walsall Wood and Stourport Swifts to reach an agreement with the talented 19-year-old defender.

“I am delighted to welcome Robbie to my Bromsgrove squad for this coming season. He’s another quality addition,” Smith said.

“Robbie will fill the void that Spink left so we’ve got things covered. The additions I have brought in are a definite improvement to the squad that I had last year and my job will be to go for the title once again.

“Chris is a very experienced striker and I hope Sean Brain will be able to learn from him as they’re very similar players. They’re both small and pacy and I’ve explained to Brain to get close to him so he can become a better player as we didn’t score enough goals last season.

“Tony is just pure muscle and he’s the perfect player to hold the ball up and bring others into play.

“I’m also over the moon to have Joe on the books at Bromsgrove. He was the best left back I watched last season and even though we beat Lichfield twice that season, he was a constant threat to us.

“He’s great at getting down the wings but he also covers his centre-backs really well for such a young lad.”

With pre-season only four weeks away, Smith is continuing his search for further additions to his squad which will once again hope to vie for the Division One championship.

Tividale striker Chris Sterling and Lichfield defender Keenan Meakin-Richards are currently in talks with Smith while Sporting’s Daniel Morris joins a host of last season’s squad to commit for a further season at the Victoria Ground.

However, deals for the Alvechurch trio of Karl Edwards, Mark Smith and Sam Williams have apparently fallen through.

Sporting return to training next Thursday before making the trip to FC Stratford on Saturday, July 9 (3pm KO) for their first pre-season friendly ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

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