TOLLEY JOINS KIDDERMINSTER / OWENS JOINS TELFORD
Kidderminster Harriers: Jamie Tolley signs following Stags exit
10 June 2013
Kidderminster Harriers have signed Jamie Tolley following his release by Mansfield, the club who beat them to promotion back to the Football League.
The 30-year-old midfielder has twice been with clubs who have been promoted to the League, Shrewsbury in 2004, as well as Mansfield.
The Ludlow-born former Wales under-21 international also had two near misses in successive seasons with Wrexham.
"I pretty much know this league. It was an easy decision," he told BBC Sport.
"When I was at Shrewsbury, we went straight back up the season after going down and, when I was at Wrexham, we finished third and second, and should have won the league.
"Hopefully we can progress on the finish of last season and get promoted. I'm buzzing to have signed here."
The former Shrewsbury Town, Macclesfield, Hereford and Wrexham player admits that he might have had an earlier impact at Aggborough, having actually been close to coming to on loan last season after falling out of favour at Field Mill.
"We tried to sort something for me to come on loan last season when I was at Mansfield," he said. "But that didn't get sorted for one reason or another.
Tolley, who has signed a one-year deal to officially become a Harriers player from 1 July, is Town's second new arrival in a week, following the arrival of winger James Dance.
Bucks Sign Owens
11 June 2013
Afc Telford United have signed Andy Owens.
The Bucks swooped for the former Southport man after his release from the Stags. The 23 year old is well known to Bucks boss Liam Watson and is a welcome addition to the Bucks squad.
Owens can play as left back or centre forward and played twice for England C in 2012. He joins on a one year deal
AFC Telford seal signing of striker Andy Owens
AFC Telford United manager Liam Watson has captured former Mansfield striker Andy Owens.
And the delighted boss is convinced that his latest acquisition has the potential to net up to 20 goals a season.
Owens signed for the Bucks last night on a one-year deal, becoming the third centre-forward to join the club since Watson’s arrival last month.
Owens began his career as a defender and he has represented England C in the back four and midfield.
Watson believes his versatility will be an asset to the team, but he was adamant that he has been brought in as an attacker.
He said: “I wanted him to come in as a centre-forward and he wants to be a centre-forward. He has been capped for England at left-back and left midfield.
"He started out as a centre-half, but I am convinced he is a 15 to 20 goal a season striker.”
Owens took to Twitter to announce his delight at the completion of the deal.
He hinted that he shares Watson’s aim of promotion back to non-league's top flight at the first time of asking.
Owens tweeted: "Looking forward to playing for AFC Telford next season #Promotion."
The move reunites Owens, 23, with his former boss. The player made 22 appearances for Watson’s previous club Southport on loan from Mansfield last season, scoring five times.
He also spent a permanent spell at Haig Avenue in 2011-12, playing 39 times and scoring six goals.
The Liverpudlian, a former Liverpool youth team player, began his senior career at Stoke City in 2006
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