FOOTBALL: Wisbech Town swoop to sign Josh Ford and Jamie Stevens from Holbeach United
PUBLISHED: 12:31 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:35 25 May 2017
Wisbech Town have been quick to move in this summer’s transfer window – securing two impressive signings from the same club.
Dick Creasey has swooped to secure the services of Holbeach United striker Josh Ford and captain Jamie Stevens just three weeks after playing their final game of the season.
Ford, who finished the season as Holbeach’s top-scorer with 22 goals, is no stranger to the Elgoods Fenland Stadium having hit 21 goals for Wisbech during the 2014/15 season.
The 26-year-old came through the ranks at Boston Town before winning the league with Spalding United, and Wisbech boss Creasey admitted that he attempted to sign the striker last season before he finally got his man this week.
“Josh doesn’t need any introduction,” he said.
“We knew from past experience that he’s a prolific goal-scorer and a great player.
“We wanted him to come back last season but we couldn’t get it over the line so we’re delighted that he’s signed now.
“He’s my type of player, he’s a lovely person from a lovely family and he wears his heart on his sleeve when he’s out on the pitch.”
Creasey also believes that centre-back Stevens, who led Holbeach and Spalding to UCL Premier Division titles and has experience in the Football League, has the ability to become the division’s best defender.
“I’ve been chasing Jamie for three years,” he said.
“We’ve known about him for many years – when I was manager at Holbeach he was up-and-coming and was getting rave reviews.
“He went on to play at Football League level and if I’m honest he should be playing higher than Step Five.
“We’re delighted that he has signed for us and it goes without saying that if he gets his head right he is the best defender in the league.”
As well as bringing in two new recruits, the Fenmen have held onto the majority of last season’s squad, including top-scorers Billy Smith and Michael Frew and skipper Jon Fairweather.
“We have kept 14 players from last season and we’ve got a lot of quality there,” Creasey said.
“We need to titivate the squad we have and develop it over the next few weeks but we’re not finished yet.”