Ahead of their big game at home to second-in-the-table Salisbury on Saturday, Swindon Supermarine have this afternoon announced the signing of full back Michael Hopkins from North Leigh, writes Nick Taylor.
Hopkins started his footballing education at Reading’s Academy of Excellence and has also played for Hungerford Town and Banbury Utd.
Gifted with a sweet left foot, Hopkins can operated in a number of positions primarily on the left hand side and has most recently been skippering John Brough’s side from left back.
Commenting on the signing, Marine’s interim manager Lee Spalding said: “We are delighted to sign him and will be a great addition to the squad. As well as catching my eye recently when we played North Leigh I’ve also done my homework and spoken to various people, all of whom tell me he is a good lad, shows a great attitude and he fits the bill.”
Hopkins is the latest player to depart North Leigh after the Brough’s playing budget was recently reduced, former Marine forward Connor Waldon has moved onto Highworth Town and Lorcan Sheehan has returned to former club Cinderford Town today.
Hopkins goes straight into the squad to face Steve Claridge’s side and Spalding also revealed that young full back Ryan Morgan would not be involved against Salisbury due to a reoccurring back problem whilst centre half Zak Westlake has resumed training and may return next weekend for the trip to leaders Taunton Town.
Finally, commanding centre back Ash Taylor, who has missed most of the season with a serious foot injury requiring surgery has now been given the go ahead by doctors to resume light training and it’s hoped may return to the squad in the near future.