Spencer will give a ‘new dimension’

Redditch Advertiser: New addition: Jamie Spencer, pictured playing for Alvechurch, has joined Redditch United from Rushall Olympic. New addition: Jamie Spencer, pictured playing for Alvechurch, has joined Redditch United from Rushall Olympic.

MANAGER Liam McDonald believes new signing Jamie Spencer can add a different dimension to Redditch United’s attack.

The 21-year-old hitman was one of a number new additions joining the Valley Stadium outfit for the 2014-15 season in the Calor Southern League.

Spencer was a prolific hitman for Midland Alliance side Alvechurch before earning a move to Evo-Stik Northern Premier team Rushall last season.

Despite competing for a regular spot against former Birmingham City hitman Dele Adebola and the in-form Ahmed Obeng, Spencer did shine when given a chance.

United have also drafted in right back Jordan Jones and promising young defender Tom Fishwick, 17, who played for Banbury last season.

Continental Star forward Ricardo Reid has also came on board.

In more positive news, McDonald confirmed last season’s 21-goal top-scorer Jermaine Hylton and Omari Sterling-James should play for the Reds next season.

Edwin Ahenkorah and Jamie Molyneux have also committed themselves to United.

“Jamie has been someone I have been tracking for some time and he’s a great addition,” said the Redditch boss.

“He adds a physical dimension to our game and he’s quick enough to run in behind and get into good positions.

“Jordan Jones was the best right back in the Midland Alliance last season and like Jamie and Tom he’s a local lad who wanted to play for Redditch United.”

Meanwhile, McDonald has moved to dampen down any fears that he is moving on and will be replaced by Paul West.

Ex-Evesham manager West will act as an unofficial adviser to McDonald but will not be present at any games.

West also represents a number of players at United, including Hylton, Sterling-James and Mutton.

He said: “Paul is someone I’ve known for a long time and who I trust.

“He’s someone I talk to for advice, it’s nothing more than that.”

West said: “I am a local lad although I don’t have any affiliation with Redditch United.

“I have a lot of experience managing at the Southern League, so I am happy to pass on my experience.”

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