A busy time at the Automated Technology Group Stadium has seen Solihull Moors sign three new players, two commit to another season and two players leave.

As previewed on this site earlier today, manager Liam McDonald has secured the services of 26-year-old striker Luke Benbow.




Benbow hit 42 goals last season for Stourbridge, 32 of which were in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.

Eight came from the Glassboys remarkable run in the Emirates FA Cup which finally ended at Wycombe Wanderers in the Third Round.

Benbow came through the Glenn Hoddle Academy before difficult spells at Cheltenham and Burton Albion saw him arrive at Redditch United.

From there he had two spells at Stourbridge where Gary Hackett nurtured his talent into the top goalscorer he has become.

He was sorry to leave Stourbridge but feels a move to Moors and in particular, working with Liam McDonald, is what he needs to take him another step up.

He readily admits that the National League will be a test for him but his desire to be a top goalscorer plus the confidence Hackett has installed in him suggests he will soon find his feet

McDonald said: “I am absolutely delighted to have signed Luke and am excited at the prospect of working with him. He is a natural goal scorer who has attracted many other clubs but he shares our vision of what can be achieved here.

“To my mind he is the best finisher around and will justifiably wear the number 9 shirt with pride. With Oladapo Afolayan up front with him this is such an exciting prospect.

McDonald was equally delighted to sign outgoing Tamworth skipper Paul Green.

The ex-Aston Villa academy player is happy to play in defence or midfield and can turn his skills to goalscoring as die hard Solihull fans may remember on Boxing Day 2015 when he put two passed their favourites at the Lamb!

Born in Birmingham, 30-year-old, Green moved on from Villa when he realised that a change of management probably meant that his senior squad opportunities there would be limited.

He became an integral part of Lincoln City in their previous League Two days and rates his career highlight as the year they were beaten in the play-offs by Bristol Rovers and the worst moment when they were relegated to The Conference (National League).

From Lincoln, Green had a year at Tamworth before a happy couple of years with Forest Green Rovers.

In 2014, he moved back to Tamworth as club captain and now cannot wait to get started at Moors: “I am really excited be have joined Solihull Moors. I played in the same Tamworth team as Liam McDonald and his vision of the future here is something I would like to part of. It is a youthful team full of quality but my experience should help.

“First and foremost, I want to be part of a squad that brings excitement and happiness to the fans – that is what football is all about. I cannot wait to get back to work!”

McDonald has nothing but praise for his old team-mate and sees the need for a blend of youth and experience in the team.

Green can play anywhere behind the front men and will be a bonus for the squad.

McDonald has further strengthened his squad with the signing of Kalern Thomas from National League North side Boston United.

Thomas, primarily a right-sided defender but also capable of playing on the left, arrived at The Jakemans Stadium in June 2016 after leaving relegated Corby Town.

He began his career on the books of Walsall before turning out for Quorn ahead of his eventual switch to Steel Park.

He made thirty-four appearances for the Pilgrims last season, scoring one goal.

Meanwhile, Calum Flanagan and Ashley Sammons have both signed new deals with the Moors ahead of the 2017/18 season.

The duo are familiar faces to McDonald having played under him for both Redditch United and Hednesford Town before re-uniting at the Moors, with Flanagan joining the club in December of last year and Sammons following in the January.

Flanagan made a total of a dozen appearances last season, featuring predominantly at left-back, where he showed his quality, helping the Moors to six clean sheets in those fixtures.

Sammons appeared thirteen times last season and was equally as impressive, showing his creative by providing five assists, putting him joint top of the Moors’ assist list.

Moors have also confirmed the departures of experienced duo Danny Lewis and Andy Brown.

The pair joined the Moors in the summer of 2015, with goalkeeper Lewis joining the club from Kidderminster Harriers, while striker Brown joined from Nuneaton Town.

Both were key players in the Moors’ double-winning season, that saw the club win the National League North and the Birmingham Senior Cup in the 2015/16 season.

They also played their part in helping Moors successfully retain their National League status last campaign, as well as reaching the Second Round of the FA Cup, which was the best domestic cup run in the club’s history.

Lewis featured in fifty-three games for the Moors in his two years, while Brown featured fifty-nine times, scoring 16 goals.

Source: www.thenationalleague.org.uk


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