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|Virtually a Whole New Squad Signs at Grantham|
|Monday 12 July 21 I 10:23:12|
...Rory Coleman, Joe Parkin, Abou Sylla, Nenad Smijanic, Abou Sylla, Sam Scrivens, Rory Coleman, Joe Parkin, Matty Dixon, Josh Meade, Jim Pollard, Jack Walters and James Williamson ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Smijanic joins the Gingerbreads having been on the books with Manchester United and Barnsley, before spending three years in the USA playing for Georgia State University in Atlanta.
He joins the club from NPL Division One East side Stocksbridge Park Steels.
Sylla joins Grantham from United Counties League Premier Division North side Boston Town.
The pacey attacker had signed for the Poachers in October 2020 and was previously with West Bridgford, where he was a key part of their East Midlands League title-winning squad in 2017, and South Normanton Athletic.
Scrivens, 24, is a striker who signed for Grantham from rivals Matlock Town.
He had joined the Gladiators just before Christmas 2019 from National League North side Guiseley AFC where he had been since August 2019 after arriving from Northern Counties East Premier Division side Penistone Church.
He scored over 30 goals in all competitions for Penistone Church in 2018/19 and in the pre-season trialled with Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle and National League outfit Chesterfield.
The Penistone-raised player scored 27 league goals in 2018/19 and was recommended to Partick by their former player Ronnie Glavin.
He went on their pre-season tour to La Manga and although they liked his energy and workrate they felt that he was too similar to what they already had.
Coleman (pictured), 30, is a defender who joins from Northern Counties East League side Maltby Main, having been with Sheffield FC.
He had joined Club in July 2019 from NPL Division One East neighbours and league rivals Stocksbridge Park Steels.
He has a lot of experience, having had spells at Ilkeston, Boston United and Gainsborough Trinity on loan whilst at Scunthorpe United and three stints with Steels.
Parkin, a midfielder, arrives from NCEL Premier Division side Handsworth.
He is a young, energetic central midfielder, who has aspirations to play as high as he can and intends to take the opportunity to play at Step 3.
The management team consider Parkin to be all-action box-to-box midfielder with an eye for goal.
Dixon, 26, is also a midfielder who arrive from league rivals Gainsborough Trinity.
He had moved to the Northolme in August 2020 from another league rival, Whitby Town, having moved to the Seasiders in June 2019 from another rival, Scarborough Athletic.
He was a 2018/19 summer acquisition by Scarborough from Spennymoor Town. He started his career with Hull City and had a loan spell with Gainsborough Trinity whilst on the Tigers` books.
He moved to York City upon his release by Hull in January 2016 and made 20 appearances before leaving a year later to sign for North Ferriby United.
At the end of the 2016/17 season, he signed for Spennymoor Town where he made 28 appearances and then joined Scarborough last summer.
Meade, 26, come from another league rival, Buxton.
He had joined the Bucks in the summer of 2017 after two seasons at Stocksbridge Park Steels.
He came through the ranks at Doncaster Rovers, progressing to the first team, and earned a professional contract in 2013.
After a loan spell at Goole AFC, he signed for Matlock Town in 2014, spending a season there before joining Stocksbridge.
Pollard is a young, promising goalkeeper who has already played over 100 competitive games at non-League level.
He had been tied into a contract at NCEL outfit Maltby Main for past three seasons and prior to that Sheffield United.
His other clubs include Gainsborough and Frickley Athletic.
Walters and Williamson both make the trip from league rivals Gainsborough.
Walters had been with NPL Division One East club Tadcaster Albion since the end of the 2017/18 season after joining from North Ferriby United.
The left back equipped himself well with the Villagers, who were then in the National League North after joining from Bridlington Town in December 2017.
He transferred to Trinity in February 2020.
Williamson, 25, is a defender who had signed for Matlock Town in July 2019 and then switched to NPL Division One East outfit Tadcaster Albion in October 2019 and then followed manager Curtis Woodhouse to Trinity a month later.
The former Bridlington Town and Barton Town man was at North Ferriby United at the start of 2018/19 before he joined Matlock`s league rivals Scarborough Athletic in January 2019.
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