Town pull off Coke transfer swoop
Dandy Town have pulled off a major transfer coup after capturing the services of Ian Coke from Premier Division rivals Boulevard.
Coke, the top flight’s leading scorer and Most Valuable Player last season, has wasted no time familiarising himself with his new surroundings and has already been involved in Town’s preseason preparations, a Western Stars Sports Club spokesperson has confirmed.
“With the addition of Coke we have certainly taken a lot of the pressure off of Angelo Simmons who carried the team last season,” the spokesperson said.
“You will certainly see a more diverse and attacking stance from the club instead of being unilateral.”
Coke and Simmons, the Town captain and former Boulevard player, finished tied with 15 goals last term.
Coke’s success was not limited to the domestic scene as he marked his return to the national team by scoring a brace in Bermuda’s 2-1 win away to Grenada in an international friendly at the Grenada National Stadium last month. Coke struck twice inside of four minutes early in the second half.
Town have been busy during the offseason, bolstering their squad in a bid to re-establish themselves as a dominant force.
Two other notable new signings are goalkeeper Troy Hall from PHC Zebras and defender Kemon Simmons who has joined from a Southampton Rangers side now coached by former Town coach Jomar Wilkinson.
“We have strengthened our roster and there’s a key interest in trying to stabilise our defence which was a concern last year,” the club spokesperson added.
“Unfortunately last season we lost the services of Ajai Daniels to greener pastures in the UK and thankfully young Jaiden Manders was able to step up and fill the void [in goal].
“While he’s still quite young he played some very important minutes, allowing us to grasp vital points down the stretch ensuring a formidable finish.
“The addition of Troy lends a lot more experience and will give Jaiden an opportunity to mature without the pressures he faced last season.”
Town finished seventh last term after a poor start, having retained the Charity Cup — the club’s only piece of silverware.
Wilkinson left the club under controversial circumstances and was succeeded by Kwame Steede, a product of Town’s youth programme before enjoying plenty of success as a player at Devonshire Cougars — a team he later coached.
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