Reds winger joins Cheltenham

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WINGER Omari Sterling-James has left Redditch United and signed a six-month contract at Cheltenham Town.

The young wideman takes his first step into the Football League after agreeing a deal on Monday.

Sterling-James impressed Robins manager Mark Yates during his trial spell at Whaddon Road, in which he played a big role in the friendly matches versus Evesham, Bristol Rovers and Leamington.

"Omari has impressed since coming in," said Yates.

"He hasn't had any experience at all really. He has been at Birmingham and Walsall as a kid and didn't get a chance.

“He has impressed us during pre-season because he can do a bit of everything and he excites people.

"He has work to do, and plenty of it, but he has a great attitude and he wants to learn and improve. Hopefully we can give him that platform at some stage."

Sterling-James, 20, is a Birmingham-born winger who started out with his hometown club's Academy before being moved into their development team.

He had an extended trial with Walsall and had a spell with Alverchurch but it was his season-long spell with Redditch United last season where he started to catch the attention of a number of clubs with 13 goals.

For reaction from Reds boss Liam McDonald, check out this week's edition of The Advertiser.

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