Shrivenham Football Club confirm the signing of Josh Coombe from Toolstation Western Football League Premier Division side, Chipping Sodbury Town.
With the "Sod's" finding themselves in a similar position to Shrivenham, the move to Barrington Park now offers the Blunsdon based player the chance to prove himself in the uhlsport Hellenic Premier League on a regular basis – if or when the season does finally get back underway! Having joined the Western Football League side back in September , the player featured in 13 of the Sods fixtures this season, the last of which was the clubs 2-0 home defeat against Brislington back on December 28  and Shrivenham Manager Chris Hurley praised the player’s exceptional ability.
“We’re delighted to announce the signing of Josh. He is a terrific talent, who we’re thrilled to get onboard. He’s a quality left-back with really good experience of the Hellenic and Southern Leagues and his ability will be a great addition to our group. He’s a fantastic signing for us and it shows the kind of player that we are attracting to the club in order to take Shrivenham forward.”
With the left-back being the first to be announced during the most recent lockdown – and the first of 2021, it demonstrates the bosses ongoing intention to assemble a roster capable of competing for promotion.
Speaking about how the move came about, Josh told us: “I’d spoken to Chris [Hurley] about coming along to training as Bristol was in Tier Three at the time and because they were locked down, Chipping Sodbury weren’t able to train. “I really enjoyed the sessions and got on well with Chris and we remained in contact and having been at school with Macauley Dodson and at Swindon [Town] when Connor Waldon was there, I knew a few of the lads which also helped me fit in.”
From training with the side, Josh went on to feature for the group during our mid-season friendlies at home against the Worthians [won 1-0] and at Calne Town [won 3-2] and speaking about the decision to make the move a permanent one, he continued: “I was played in six different positions in six games at Chipping Sodbury and at 22-years of age, I wanted to play in one position week in, week out as I feel this helps me play to the best of my ability. I understand that playing in different positions is necessary to help the team, but it wasn’t helping me to improve. Chris likes me at left back and this is where I want to play, so the move suited everyone.”
Although the player understands the reasons behind the lockdowns, he also spoke about the continued frustrations of their stop-start nature and the impact they have in terms of being involved in the game. “Keeping yourself match fit is the hardest aspect,” he added. “You can run and do sprints as much as you like, but nothing compares to match fitness. Getting any kind of form when you’re not fully fit is very difficult and that’s the main thing I’ve found this season. Football has been played for a month then stopped and just before it’s stopped you feel like you are starting to get your fitness back – then you’re back to square one.”
Having also featured for Royal Wootton Bassett Town during his playing career, Josh concluded by saying that he is very much looking forwards to the new chapter ahead of him. “I can’t wait to get started – whether that’s this season or next, from speaking to Chris and being involved with the club, I feel that I’ve fitted in well so hopefully I can have a good influence on the team.”
Everybody at Barrington Park welcomes Josh to the club and we’re looking forward to seeing him in action – whenever that may be!