United have completed their first new summer signing, in the form of winger Jennison Myrie-Williams.That comes following the end of a two-year stay at League One rivals Port Vale in which he made 69 league starts for the club, coupled with 13 substitute appearances, scoring 16 goals.
Last season for the Valiants, Myrie-Williams made a total of 46 appearances in all competitions, notching ten goals on his way to aiding the side to a ninth placed finish.
The signing sticks true to manager Russ Wilcox’s word, bringing in blood which already has good League One experience with the 26-year-old having played for Cheltenham Town, Tranmere Rovers, Carlisle United and Hereford United. The 6ft 0in winger also had spells in Scotland with Dundee United and St Johnstone, before returning to England with Stevenage.
The predominantly left-footed player can play on either flank and will offer good support to the existing wingers of Terry Hawkridge, Gary McSheffrey and Hakeeb Adelakun.
2005 saw the Lambeth-born player sign professionally for Bristol City, where he had come through the youth ranks following a relocation of his family to pursue his footballing dreams. Four further years there with the Robins as his parent club, he enjoyed two loan spells at Cheltenham and Tranmere before having three loan clubs in 2008/09 – returning to Cheltenham before appearances at Carlisle and Herefore.
At the end of that season he was allowed to leave for Dundee United, with 11 league starts and 14 substitute appearances yielding just two goals. He began the following season with the same club but was soon snapped up by St Johnstone in September. Five months there was largely unsuccessful, but a return to England saw him go on loan to Port Vale from Stevenage, with him rediscovering his footballing talents.
His career total shows he has made 157 league starts, with 69 further substitute appearances, scoring 27 goals, while he has notched a further six in a total of 35 cup appearances.
It won’t, however, be the first time that Myrie-Williams has pulled on a claret and blue jersey, with him featuring for the side on trial for the reserve team in 2011. While at St Johnstone, he returned to England on trial with Scunthorpe, starting in a 3-0 defeat to Leeds United. He would play the whole game, creating numerous opportunities, but his teammates failed to score. He subsequently signed for Stevenage at the start of the following season.
Myrie-Williams has agreed a two-year deal with the option of a further year in our favour and will link up with his new teammates when they report back for pre-season training.