FOOTBALL: PAUL Holleran has added title winning blood to his Brakes side as preparations continue for the upcoming Vanarama National League North season.
Midfielder Junior English has signed up for Leamington’s campaign having spent his whole career in the top two tiers of non-league football and spent last season with Worcester City.
The 31-year-old made 38 appearances and scored three goals.
He left City with the Manager’s and Players’ Player of the Year awards.
Other than a loan spell at Brackley Town towards the end of the 2015/16 season, the only other clubs he has turned out for are Moor Green and Solihull Moors.
Joining the youth team as a 17-year-old, Junior made his debut for Moor Green in November 2004.
And as the club merged with Solihull Borough in 2007, he went on to make more than 300 appearances – playing in every position except goalkeeper.
He was also part of the squad that won promotion to the National League in 2016.
Brakes manager Paul Holleran said: “It’s not the first time we have tried to get Junior to Leamington, it brings to an end probably a six year stalking process.
“Junior is a player we have admired for a long time.
“He’s always been in the top two tiers of non league football, his locality suits us, his versatility suits us.
“I’m delighted to be able to bring in Junior, after losing Jack (Edwards).
“I’m sure he will be a real favourite here.”
English added: “I am looking forward to a new challenge at Leamington, and playing for Paul Holleran, who I’ve heard a lot of good things about.
“The league will be tough next season but I am more than confident we can hold our own with the players and management we have here.
“I’m also looking forward to playing in front of supporters who always create a good atmosphere.”