Bradley Wells Boosts Blues!

Bradley Wells Boosts Blues

It’s not every day you get a phone call from the manager and he tells you he has snapped up a thirty-goal striker, but I got that call today as an excited Dave Frecklington struggled to contain his delight at landing Trinity a striker who netted 30 times last season and bagged a spot in the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier, First Division South Team of the Year!

"I am delighted to get Brad on board! He deserves this opportunity having been unplayable at times last season for me at Spalding and bagging thirty goals in the process! He won his place in the Evo-Stik team of the year and has a fantastic work ethic. He’s different to Jarmo (Nathan Jarman) which is important! He loves to run in behind and cause defenders problems."

The gaffer continued, "He’s a proper number nine, 6ft 3 and hungry to play as high as he can. I’m sure he’ll be a hit! So many strikers have stepped up from the Evo-Stik and gone on to have great careers in the game and we have managed to fight off other interest from National League clubs to land his signature."

A converted winger, converted to a striker last pre-season after Frecks rescued him from an unsettled pre-season at Stamford, 26-year-old Bradley Wells hasn’t looked back, with signing for Gainsborough, "A no brainer!"

The front man spoke of his surprise to hitting as many goals as he did last time out, but backs himself as he hopes to continue proving to himself and others that he can mix it at the higher level. "Up until last season, I was a winger, but the manager got in touch and told me he wanted to be his number nine and since then I have proved to myself and everyone else that I am a goal scorer. It’s now about stepping up and testing myself at National League North level."

With a blueprint like Jamie Vardy never far away when it comes to goal scorers, it was little surprise for forward to liken himself to the Leicester and England man. "I have watched endless videos of Vardy, how he plays, how he looks to get in behind. His work rate. If I am working hard for ninety minutes, running all day and showing desire, I’m sure the supporters will appreciate what I am bringing to the team and I know it will ask questions of the opposition."

Despite a jump of two divisions, Wells is unperturbed; "Ricky Miller started out at the likes of Stamford and Spalding – and went on to play for Boston and Dover, before landing a professional contract at Peterborough, and there’s no reason why I can’t do the same. You have to have those aspirations. I am going into this with no fear. I have no preconceptions. I am confident – and at 26 – I think there is better still to come!"

For someone who has moved through the leagues with minimal fuss, from Sunday morning parks football, to his first break in Saturday football at Ollerton Town, his local side – Wells has had an impact.

And as Bradley prepares to take the National League North by storm, he took a moment to look back and thank Chris Rawlinson at Spalding, "Chris took over after Frecks left to take up the job at Gainsborough and he did a good job keeping us in the play-offs, before taking us to the play-off final. From Chris – to the chairman – backroom staff and the supporters – I haven’t got a bad word to say about them, they all really looked after me and gave me the platform to go out and play for Gainsborough – and I am grateful to them all for that."

Brad’s enthusiasm for signing was plain to see, as Frecks reveals, "After meeting at the Martin & Co Arena and showing him around the place, it literally took him five minutes to get the pen and sign!"

Welcome to the club, Brad! We look forward to seeing you banging in the goals!

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