Former Yeovil Town striker Chris Giles is to extend his stay with Southern League Premier Division side Salisbury City into a second season, despite them being demoted two divisions at the end of last season. Giles, who was a professional at Huish Park between 2000 and 2004 after coming up through the Youth Team ranks, has been with the Whites since the start of the year and has so far made 17 appearances, scoring one goal.
Salisbury manager Tommy Widdrington told the Salisbury Journal that the 28 year old had opportunities to avoid dropping two divisions with the Wiltshire side, who fell foul of Conference League rules after falling into administration last year. Hence the Whites boss was pleased to tie him up for the 2010-11 season:
"I'm delighted that Chris has decided to stay with us. I know he had many options at various higher levels and feel his decision should act as a comfort to anyone who felt the club had lost any of the ambition or drive we've spoken about since the decision was ratified to kick us out of the Conference."
Since leaving Yeovil Town in the summer of 2004, one major transformation for Giles is that he is now known as a central defender rather than as a striker. Having had loan spells with Gravesend and Northfleet and Woking during the latter part of his time with the Glovers, he went on to play for Aldershot Town, plus two spells with Crawley Town sandwiched by a spell with Forest Green Rovers. His release from Crawley after his second spell allowed him to move to Salisbury in January 2010.
Link: Chris Giles : Yeovil Town Statistics.
One former Glover who is on the move, is left-winger Peter Sweeney, who has jumped ship from Grimsby Town and kept himself in the Football League by signing for Bury. He is expected to be unveiled on a two year contract for the Shakers on Monday.
Since Sweeney's eight game loan period for the Glovers in February 2007, he had a two month loan at Walsall before leaving parent club Stoke City for Leeds United on a 2.5 year contract. His time at Elland Road bombed somewhat and he went out on loan for Grimsby Town in March 2009, before making that move permanent for the 2009-10 season. Sweeney was transfer-listed following the Mariners' relegation from the Football League, thus allowing him to sign for Bury.
Link: Peter Sweeney : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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