15th Dec, 2019

"The offer was still there" - Kelly talks new signing Taylor and departures at Sporting

Ben Tyler 25th Sep, 2019

BRENDAN Kelly was unable to hide his delight after bringing in long-term target Mike Taylor from Stourbridge on Tuesday night.

The 31-year-old forward joins two months after making the switch from fellow Southern Premier League Central side Stratford Town to The Glassboys, during which time he was able to score and lay on an assist in Bromsgrove’s 2-1 league defeat at the end of August.

Kelly says the striker is well suited to the Rouslers’ preferred set-up, and is thankful to have finally acquired Taylor’s services.

“It’s one that’s been back and forth,” he said.

“Early in the summer he did a deal with Stourbridge after we had talks, but he had shaken hands on doing a deal with them which I can respect.

“It’s something we were still missing, he had a longer think about it and we’re really pleased that he’s joined.

“He picked up the phone to see if the offer was still there – the attributes he has are similar to a combination of the strikers we have at the club.”

With a new arrival in the striking ranks comes a departure, with Kyle Perry departing Sporting for local rivals Alvechurch.

Third-choice goalkeeper Matt Coton has also moved on, joining Midland Football League Premier Division side Highgate United.

“He [Perry] had some seven-day approaches from three teams – one of them from Alvechurch,” said Kelly.

“Pez wanted more game time, but I don’t think his type of game suited ours.

“I’ve got no issues with lads wanting to play regular football – especially for Matt as a goalkeeper, his attitude as a third choice was commendable.”

John Pykett and Tom Rankin, meanwhile, have signed dual registration terms with step five side Stourport Swifts, a move which Kelly believes can be beneficial for both parties.

“They’ve not had as much football, but we’re on the crest of a wave performance wise so it’s hard to give everyone minutes,” he said.

The Bromsgrove manager admits he may look to get one more new face in as a result of the recent changes to the squad, but will assess the situation in due course – starting with Saturday’s (3pm) home game against Needham Market.

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