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Stratford Town sign much-travelled striker Andre Wright

STRIKER Andre Wright says he will bring "goals and another level of experience" after signing for Stratford Town.

Andre Wright, centre, pictured with club secretary Chris Stephens, left, and Carl Pritchard. Photo: Steve Wood / STFC
Andre Wright, centre, pictured with club secretary Chris Stephens, left, and Carl Pritchard. Photo: Steve Wood / STFC

The 25-year-old was unveiled to fans at the Arden Garages Stadium yesterday (Thursday) and comes in just days after veteran forward Adam Rooney made the switch to National League North outfit Brackley Town.

Wright, a product of the West Bromwich Albion academy, has played for a range of clubs in England, including Kidderminster Harriers, Torquay United and Coventry City to name a few.

It was at the Sky Blues that Wright made his Football League debut and he scored his first of two goals for the club in a 2-2 draw with AFC Wimbledon in what proved to be manager Tony Mowbray's last game in charge.

His career has also taken him to the Republic of Ireland, where he had spells with Premier Division sides Bohemians from 2017 to 2019 and Sligo Rovers in 2021.

Before his move to Sligo, Wright had a short spell in Scotland with Ayr United in the same year.

Upon his return to England, 2022 has seen the Sandwell-born striker on the books of AFC Telford United, Hereford and most recently Kettering Town.

On his move to the Bards, Wright said: "I think I’m going to bring goals and another level of experience that I can only imagine will help the boys from my time playing abroad, playing different cultures, different demands, different mind sets, different leagues, which hopefully makes the team better."

"I’ve played all over England, Scotland and Ireland and had many good experiences. Scotland I remember as being very cold. Playing in Ireland was probably my most enjoyable time playing, I really enjoyed it out there. But [I'm] back here now and want to climb back up the ladder."

Wright has played against current Bards forward Jack Storer many times over the years but is now looking forward to playing alongside him.

"He's a top, top player [who has] always had ability so [it will] be good to play with him," he said.

"We played a pre-season friendly (Birmingham City v West Brom) and he put the ball through my legs and he did it so nicely, I was fuming.

"After that point I thought 'this guy's a player'. You can always appreciate a good player when you're playing against someone and I'm delighted to be able to join him here at Stratford."

Chairman Jed McCrory is also hopeful Wright and Storer can form a formidable partnership.

"I'm delighted to sign Andre. I tried to sign him twice before but he always signed for higher league clubs," he said.

"He reminds me very much of Jaanai Gordon and his hunger to play is phenomenal.

"I think that he has the potential to form a formidable partnership with Jack Storer."

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