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|DOUBLE COUP FOR DANIELS
New UniBond League Premier Division club Stamford have pulled off a double coup of top-drawer signings.
Boss Graham Drury has secured the signatures of striker Tony Battersby and towering central defender Mark Burrows for the coming campaign.
Battersby, 31, spent last season at Blue Square South side Chelmsford City before joining Welling United on loan until the end of the campaign.
The front man started his career with Sheffield United and also played for Southend and Notts County who paid £200,000 for his signature in 1996.
Battersby (pictured) has also had spells in the Football League with Bury, Lincoln City and Boston United and has also played in the Blue Square Premier with Stevenage Borough, Gravesend (now Ebbsfleet United) and Grays Athletic.
His acquisition ended a two-year chase by Drury, who was delighted to finally get his man.
He said: "He has got a lot of experience and is a big target to aim for up front.
"We are obviously going to have to change the way we play a bit now that we're in the UniBond, but Tony's also got tremendous ball control and has been sticking plenty away in training.
"I have been chasing him for two years and he's now decided that he doesn't want all the travelling and wants to play nearer his home.
"He wants to start enjoying his football again and he looks like he is in training. He's buzzing about and settling well into the camp."
Burrows has moved to the Vic Couzens Stadium from near neighbours Corby Town. He has previously played for Exeter City, Rothwell Town, King's Lynn, Histon, Arlesey Town, St Neots Town, Hemel Hempstead Town and Kettering Town.
Drury commented: "Mark's a player I've always rated. He's a big unit and a big signing for us."
The Daniels manager has also re-signed Graham Bowater, Bobby White, Lee Marshall, Kevin Childs, Jason Turner, Daniel French, Scott Taylor, Mark O'Dea, Ryan Willetts and Adam Jones from last season's squad and ran the rule over several triallists, including three who have experience at Football League clubs, in training this week.
Defender Steve Julian is expected to follow Martin Wormall, Brad Piercewright, Robbie Harris, Stuart Wilson and Martin Matthews out of the club by joining Corby Town, while forward Garath Pritchard is still considering his options.
There are doubts about the future of contracted striker Ian Cooper who hasn't attended any of the Daniels' first two pre-season training sessions.
Cooper, who joined the Daniels last summer after a goal-laden campaign with Boreham Wood, missed most of the season with a knee injury and his actions continue to frustrate Drury.
He said: "I'm not prepared to waste any more of my time on him. He is a loveable rogue, but I've stopped loving him.
"I've dealt with a lot of players in my time and have never been treated like this by anyone.
"Obviously he's on a contract so at the end of the day it won't be my decision what to do with him."
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