Former West Ham United midfielder Ross Elsom is the latest new recruit as Bishop`s Stortford boss Gordon Boateng looks to strengthen his side.

Elsom, who will soon be 19-years-old, joined West Ham United from Ryman League Bishops Stortford FcPremier Division side Billericay Town as a schoolboy and made his Under-18 Premier League debut at the age of 16.

He was a regular in the West Ham youth side the following season, and gained senior experience with loan spells at Tilbury (where he hit a hat-trick against Halstead Town) and Histon.

Elsom made his Blues’ debut in last week’s victory at Royston Town in the Herts Charity Cup. He is expected to be in the squad when Boateng’s side host Hampton & Richmond Borough in their league opener on Saturday.

After seven years away from the club, Ashley Taylor-Forbes has return to the Blues, and will be in the squad for Saturday’s home opener against Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Striker Taylor-Forbes played under Mark Simpson back in 2009, and made his return in last week’s Herts Charity Cup tie at Royston.

Meanwhile, centre-half Tom Bradbury has joined Ryman League Division One North side Ware on dual registration.

The move will allow the 18-year-old to gain senior experience while still be available for the Blues when needed.


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