Bishops Sign Bryan
Canterbury United are delighted to confirm the signing of centre back Richard Bryan on a free transfer. The twenty-one year old had been a free agent since his contract expired at the end of last season, and told the club he was looking forward to playing regularly again.
I am very happy to sign. This is a club that can offer me a lot now and in the future, and I hope to stay with them for a while. I want to play week in week out, that is the only real way you improve as a footballer, and Canterbury United offered me this, so I had to join. I am also very much looking forward to the challenge of taking them to the top.
The Irish defender started his career at English club Aston Villa in 2010, but failed to make the breakthrough in two years, and was subsequently released. He then joined Hinckley United, who at the time were in the Vanarama North division, and made six appearances for the club.
After a season, he left to join Chasetown, who he joined on a free transfer, and played a season in the Northern Premier League First Division South, before re-joining Hinckley United the following season.
He once again left after a season, and was a free agent for the summer before linking up with Canterbury United. Boss James Robinson was quick to praise the Birmingham-born defender, who also holds and English passport, saying he was a ‘brilliant defender’.
Richard is a very good, young defender who will contribute lots to the team over the next couple of years. He has experience at a higher level, which is also very important if we want to get where we are aiming for – it means he’s been tested against better players, and come out alive. He’ll be a very valuable player for us.
Signing a deal until 2018, he will be hoping he can lead the club to a few promotions and provide a few memorable moments in the years to come.