As he continues to look to strengthen his squad with the business end of the season approaching, Royal Wootton Bassett Town manager Paul Braithwaite has moved to sign Sam Ockwell from Corsham Town.

The classy, ball-playing midfielder is a big coup for the Bassett boss, having been captain at Corsham, while he also returns to the club where he was the leading appearance maker and Manager’s Player of the Year in 2013-14.

After following Jeff Roberts to Corsham, Ockwell was the Western League Division One side’s second leading appearance maker last year, playing 44 times, while scoring six goals. This campaign he had netted five times in 28 appearances. He has also spent the past couple of seasons dual-signed with Shrivenham, featuring a handful of times for them in the Hellenic League.

Commenting on his latest capture, Braithwaite said: “I heard there could be an opportunity to sign Sam and a few other teams have also shown an interest, so without delay we put in place the seven day approaches with both Corsham and Shrivenham.

Having spoken to Sam, he let me know that he’s looking for a new challenge, and with the facilities we have and the direction we want to move as a club, he’s keen to be a part of it with us. Sam’s still a young player, so continues the trend of youthful players we have in the squad, which we’re looking to keep together for next season and those beyond.

He’s got good experience of local football having played for Calne, Corsham and Bassett previously. Speaking to people around the club, he was a well-respected player in his previous time with Bassett, and one who performed at a consistent level game after game. Given that, we’re very happy to have his signature and hope he can play a big part in the remainder of the season.”


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