Braintree Town manager Glen Driver has continued his squad-building by signing a holding midfielder and a central defender.

25-year-old midfielder Sergio Manesio started his career as a member of Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion’s schoolboy and youth academies up to the age of 18. He then moved to North America in the summer of 2013 and started 69 matches for Cleveland State University in four years of his NCAA college career.

From February 2017 to November last year, he spent two seasons in the United Soccer League playing for Ottawa Fury FC. He returned to the UK in February and made 13 appearances for Hendon, and joins Braintree after impressing during pre-season.

Driver was pleased with his latest addition: “Sergio is a modern day holding midfielder. He has many of the attributes needed by a defensive midfielder; a strong powerful holding player who reminds me of the likes of Makelele, Wanyama and Kante!”

25-year-old centre-half Harry Osbourne started his career as a youngster at Charlton Athletic. He then joined Sutton United in 2014, where he made ten appearances, before moving on to Welling United a year later, where he made 24 appearances in two years.

He then had spells with both Hemel Hempstead and Bishop’s Stortford before joining Merstham last season.

Driver said: “Harry has also caught my eye so far in pre-season and I’m pleased he has decided to join us. He has played at a good standard and at 6’2 is a good size for a centre-half.

“I think he’ll do well for us.”


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