Vanarama National League newcomers Dagenham & Redbridge have signed Queens Park Rangers youngster Leo Donnellan on a one-year contract, with an option for a further year.
The midfielder, who was a regular for the R’s youth team last season, was rewarded with a call-up to the Republic of Ireland under-18’s national team for the double header against the Czech Republic.
Leo, the younger brother of West Brom defender Shaun, ended the season on loan to National; League North side Worcester City
Daggers` manager John Still said: “I bought Leo in towards the end of last season to do some training with us and all the coaching staff were impressed.
“Taking him is not a massive investment and we think he has a very good future.”
Donnellan followed hot on the heels of Curtley Williams signing a one-year contract with the Daggers, with an option for a further year.
Right-back Williams, who can also play at centre-half, came through the youth ranks at Ipswich Town before joining the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain.
Having impressed whilst at the former England manager’s set-up, he then had a short spell at Chelmsford City before signing for Lowestoft Town in 2012/13.
The 26-year old made twenty-three appearances for the Trawlerboys in his first season and was part of the team that lost the play-off final to Concord Rangers.
A year later he was instrumental in his side gaining play-off promotion to the Conference North.
His form attracted John Still to make him his first signing after Luton Town won promotion back to the Football League in 2014. But after an impressive start to the season, injury hampered his progress at Kenilworth Road and he was one of a number of players released earlier this month by manager Nathan Jones
“Curtley is someone I rate highly”, said Still. “I watched him extensively at Lowestoft and I was very impressed. I worked hard to get him to move to Luton Town.
“Unfortunately he picked up a knee injury early in his Luton career but knowing where he is in his rehabilitation I expected him to stay with Luton.
“He likes to get forward; he has great energy and pace. He’s got experience and is one we see having a bright future ahead of him”.