Struggling Bishop`s Stortford have signed experienced defender Phil Walsh from league rivals Chelmsford City.

Walsh began his career as a striker and has had spells at Newport County, Dagenham & Redbridge, Barnet, Cheltenham Town, Ebbsfleet United and Leatherhead among others.

The 32-year-old is the son of former Bristol City and Besiktas striker Alan Walsh and is brother-in-law to Kelsey Grammer, the star of American sitcom, Frasier.

Walsh, who joined City in August, made fifteen appearances in all competitions this season, but hasn’t featured since City’s Buildbase FA Trophy win against Taunton Town on November 26th and in the league since the humiliating 4-0 defeat to Poole Town on November 5th.

With City boss Rod Stringer finally settling on a central defensive partnership of Mark Haines and Chris Bush after a host of issues at the back, opportunities for Walsh have become limited.

The defender’s departure may also free up budget and pave the way for Stringer’s well-documented search for a new striker, with Aldershot Town’s Charlie Walker just one of a number of options currently on the Clarets boss’ radar.


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