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CHIPPENHAM TOWN: He can be a dazzler
BLUEBIRDS boss Steve Winter is backing former Bristol Rovers youngster Darren Jefferies to be a hit at Hardenhuish Park.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who made one senior appearance during his time with Rovers and spent last season with Frome Town, signed for the Bluebirds late last week.
Jefferies had been playing for Swedish outfit BK Sport BK Sport Eskilstuna since April and Winter is delighted to have secured his services.
“He’s ready to go and he’s going to be a good ’un. We had to wait for international clearance to get him signed on,” said the Bluebirds chief.
“He can play anywhere along the midfield and he looks sharp. I’ve asked a few people about him, like his ex-manager Darren Perrin, and he said he’s a class act.
“He was real keen to come to us so we got him signed on and I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”
Winter has also shuffled his pack up front, bringing Dean Griffiths back to the club from Bridgwater Town while allowing Isaac Reid to join Clevedon Town on a permanent basis.
“I needed (Griffiths’) experience at this level and I wanted him to put pressure on the centre-forwards.
“Dean’s a grafter and scores a lot of goals. I just feel the opportunity came up to sign him and I couldn’t let him go – he was Bridgwater’s top goalscorer too.
“Isaac’s still a young lad and I think that stepping up from Western League was just a little bit too far for him.
“I think he’s going to be really good but he just needs to learn the little things and I don’t think he’ll be doing that if he’s sat on the bench for me.”
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