Connor Higginson signs for Rainworth Welfare

RAINWORTH MW have secured the signing of a third striker within a week after two new arrivals put pen to paper last week.

Wrens manager Kevin Gee has finally landed his man with the recruitment of Connor Higginson from Premier Division Grantham Town.

Higginson, pictured, teams up with Gee for the second time after initially securing him for Glapwell on a season’s loan from Mansfield Town, and follows Justin Jenkins from Shepshed Dynamo and Nshindano Chisango from Handsworth to Kirklington Road.

Chisango made his debut off the bench in last Saturday’s 4-2 win at Mickleover Sports but Jenkins was not available because of a family wedding.

But Gee’s persistence paid off when he landed his former Glapwell star, for he had targeted him in pre-season but Higginson had opted to test himself in the Premier Division with the Gingerbreads.

On the three newcomers, Gee commented: “I’m delighted with all the three attacking options that I’ve brought to the club, as they all bring something different to the group.

“‘Jenks’ is big and strong with a lot of experience at this level and can lead the line well, especially with the pitches changing during the winter months, but of course he currently lacks that match fitness required at our level, having missed long periods of this season. But he’s been working exceptionally hard in the three training sessions since joining us to catch up, so it won’t be long before he pushes his way into the 16.

“Chisango is at the other end of the scale in that he’s very young, but has great feet and is extremely strong, and although it was a difficult time for him to come on last Saturday when we were down to 10 men, he showed a good attitude and will again be a good acquisition to the group.

“As for Connor, I brought him to Glapwell as a raw 18 year old from Mansfield Town when the then manager David Holdsworth allowed me to take any of the youth team players on loan for a year.

“Obviously there was Tom Naylor as well but we were solid defensively so I just took Connor, and in 18 months he was terrific at the club, scoring 25 goals as a 19-year-old in his second season.

“He’s since gone on to Sheffield where he figured in last year’s play-off final, and then plied his trade with Grantham this year in the Premier.

“However, with the recent changes there I’m delighted to say that he has decided to join us, and he will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Sutton Coldfield .

“Connor’s a rare breed in young players today, in that he loves the game, and I’m sure the Rainworth supporters will take to him instantly as he’s a natural goalscorer who can only improve our current squad.”