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JAN BUDTZ Danish Goalkeeper Jan Budtz, 28, joined the Badgers following his release from League One club, Hartlepool United, where the 6ft 5” stopper made 38 appearances. Previously he was with Doncaster Rovers, where he made 28 appearances following a move from Danish Club, FC Nordsjaelland. Budtz was loaned out at the end of last season to Oldham Athletic, where he made 3 appearances for the League One side. Budtz made his Eastwood debut against Drolysden at the end of Oct.
EDDIE ELEY At 6ft 4” Eddie had good references, having just been released from his professional contract with Grimsby Town following a loan spell with Mansfield Town. He started his first game against Redditch in January and after a shaky start, caused largely by having to pick the ball out of the net after 15 seconds he composed himself and grew in stature.
IAN DEAKIN 22 y.o. goalkeeper, surprisingly released by Nottingham Forest F.C. and now starting a fourth season at Eastwood where his over-all clean sheet record compares with the best. Tipped by many to move into the Football League this season.
LAURENCE GAUGHAN At the age of 15, Laurence was signed by premiership club Liverpool, after being on the books of his local side Sheffield United. Although he had an academy contract for another year with Liverpool, he opted to join boyhood favourites Celtic on a 2 year professional contract in the summer of 2007 for an undisclosed fee. Recently Laurence has been on trials with Bradford City, Leyton Orient and Chesterfield.
JOSHUA ROSS Josh joined the club in February from Burton Albion, where he had been playing for the Brewers reserves. He has impressed since the switch making the right back spot his own after impressive displays against Hyde and Fleetwood.
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RUSSELL COOKE Described by ‘Coxy’ as “a player who never has an off-day”. The central defender or midfielder joins us from Hucknall Town F.C. where he played 150 games and appeared in the F.A. Trophy final after signing from Notts County. Last seasons Players Player of the Year and voted the UniBond Player of the year by the Non League Sunday newspaper.
TOM MARSHALL Defender, Tom Marshall, 21, joined The Badgers from Hednesford Town in May 2009. Marshall has made 167 appearances for Hednesford over 4 seasons, after coming through their youth and reserve teams. He broke into the senior team at the age of 17, receiving rave reviews and making 33 Conference North appearances in his first season.
PAUL ROBINSON At 6’ 4” 23 y.o. ‘Robbo’ is an imposing figure in central defence, where he starred for Hednesford after leaving ‘Forest’ Paul Cox tried to tempt the defender last season and is happy to finally “get his man”.
PAUL RILEY Paul joined the Badgers in September 2009. A former Notts County midfielder who joined Matlock following his release by Ilkeston Town in November 2004, having earlier had a short spell with Alfreton Town. Equally adept at either left back or on the left side of midfield.
MAT BAILEY Joined Eastwood in a double deal with Jonathan D’Laryea from Northwich Victoria. Mat had professional football experience with Stockport and Crewe before joining Victoria who were then a full time club. Eastwood had to be patient as Mat was offered a trial at Watford prior to signing.
JONATHAN D’LARYEA Former Mansfield Town captain Jonathan went on to make over 160 appearances for the Stags prior to joining Northwich on an initial three month trial. Started his career at Manchester City and has been capped at
England ‘C’ international.
SAM DUNCUM Sam Duncum, signed in February from neighbours, Ilkeston Town. A former Rotherham United player, Sam has continually been linked with a move back into the football league. He made three substitute appearances for the Millers before joining York City on loan.
ANTON FOSTER - Midfielder London-born midfielder, Anton starred for Buxton F.C. after Football League experience in the Capital. Was targeted by Paul and John as the league’s best ball-winner and their patience paid off when the Peak District Club sold him.
ROSS GARDNER Ross had a great season for the Badgers last year and his absence (after his injury in February) was severely felt as the Badgers struggled towards the end of the season. Ross ended the 2007/08 season as Ilkeston’s top goalscorer with 12 goals, but was a Badger within weeks. He joined Ilkeson from Port Vale and the full time game. Prior Vale he had spells at Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United as a trainee
LINDON MEIKLE Lindon has been a regular after making the step up from the academy team, finally becoming a regular in the first team during the 2007/08 season. This season has seen Lindon produce match winning performances on a regular basis and culminated in his EON star player of the round for the 2nd round of the F.A. Cup against Wycombe Wanderers.
EMEKE NWADIKE Following his release from Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers, “Macca” made 57 appearances for League 2 side, Shrewsbury Town. For the last six seasons he has plied his trade in the Conference North with Alfreton Town, Worcester City and most recently with last season’s play-off runners up, AFC Telford.
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THEO STAIR Theo is an attacking midfielder who can play on the wings or behind the strikers. He was getting rave reviews at Crewe Alexandra when Paul Cox first tried to sign him. Recently had trials at Accrington Stanley
MARC SMITH Back at Eastwood after a long spell with Harrogate Town, Mark will probably compete with Matt Rhead for a place as second striker. Impressed last season and his wide experience has been complemented by a surprising level of fitness.
IAN HOLMES Possibly our best close-season capture, Ian was a prolific scorer for Matlock Town and was released by financially-desperate Mansfield Town. The 22y.o. striker had several higher level offers and we were surprised and delighted to land him.
DANNY HOLLAND Danny joined the Badgers in February for a club record fee. The management team had pencilled Danny in as a summer target, but firm interest from Bradford PA ensure the club needed to act fast. Short of match fitness after a bad injury, ironically sustained against Eastwood in the F.A. Cup, Danny has been eased back into playing. However Danny has been showing the Eastwood faithful why Coxy and Rammers were so determined to sign him in recent weeks.
DAVID BROWN “Brownie” played for the Badgers in the 2007/2008 season in a 2 month loan spell from Nottingham Forest. The player made an immediate impact at Coronation Park, scoring 5 goals in 10 appearances. Paul Cox tried to negotiate an extension to the loan deal but the player was signed by Bradford City, where he made 5 appearances scoring 1 goal. He signed for Guiseley upon his release and then transferred to Halifax Town for an undisclosed fee.
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