Willie Clemons signs with Braintree Town
Willie Clemons has moved a step up in the English football pyramid after joining Vanarama National League South team Braintree Town.
The Bermuda midfielder has agreed to the terms of an undisclosed deal and joins from Stowmarket Town, who play a tier below his new club in the Isthmian League.
“Iron are delighted to announce Bermudian international Willie Clemons to Angelo's Iron Army,” read a statement posted on the club’s official Twitter account.
“Clemons has featured throughout and scored in our recent friendly against Maldon and Tiptree.”
Clemons reacted to the latest development on the same Twitter post.
“Ready to get going,” he wrote.
The player joined Bermuda team-mate Reggie Lambe at Stowmarket last October after having his contract with Swedish side Dalkurd terminated in December 2020, with Lambe playing an integral role in the move.
Stowmarket finished fourth in the league, seven points adrift of champions Aveley, who secured the sole automatic promotion spot.
They secured their spot in the promotion play-off on April 16 with a 3-1 home win over Dereham Town, with Lambe assisting in what proved to be the winner
However, their promotion hopes were dashed after suffering a 2-1 defeat away to Brentwood Town in the play-off semi-final.
In a touching gesture, Clemons’s former club offered their congratulations and well wishes to the player on the same Braintree Town Twitter post.
“Congratulations @WMAC_11 all the best for the new season from all of us @stowtownfc,” the club wrote.
As well as plying his trade higher in English football, Clemons can also look forward to playing in the Emirates FA Cup when Braintree enter the prestigious competition in the second qualifying round.
Braintree Town will start the 2022-23 league campaign away to Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday.
The game will be newly appointed manager Angelo Harrop’s first at the helm, having taken over the reins during the off-season.
“We spoke to a number of potential new managers but Angelo's desire and passion for the game really impressed us,” Lee Harding, the Braintree Town chairman, said. “I loved his infectious enthusiasm and believe he will do well for us.”
Former Colchester United player and Sudbury coach Harrop said he sees the move as a “fantastic opportunity” that he will relish.
“The fans can be assured that they will have the hardest-working manager in the league,” he added.
Braintree Town finished seventeenth in the 21-team Vanarama National League South last season.