Enrique Russell signs for AFC Totton
Enrique Russell believes his move to AFC Totton is a “step in the right direction” and an opportunity he has vowed to grasp with both hands.
The 22-year-old striker has joined the Southern League Division One South club from PHC Zebras after agreeing to the terms of an undisclosed deal.
“I’m over the moon. I could not wait to get signed on and glad it came in time for the start of the season,” Russell told The Royal Gazette.
“It feels great to be here in an ambitious environment. This is a club that’s looking to push on this season, and I am eager to be a part of it.
“I am around a lot of players I can learn from. Players like Scott Rendell and Brett Williams, Yemi Odubade, who are former professionals playing in similar positions, so it’s a win in every aspect.
“It should be a great season ahead. We have got a good group, so let’s see where we go from here.
“This is a step in the right direction and I am grabbing it with both hands.”
The Bermuda international arrives in England on the back of a prolific season with Zebras last term as he topped the Premier Division scoring charts with 21 goals.
Russell is dual registered with AFC Totton and Totton & Eling having successfully completed trials.
The striker scored in a preseason friendly and made his Wessex League debut for Totton in their opening day 3-1 victory away to Romsey Town on August 6.
“Enrique has done very well during preseason and shown us that he has a bit about him,” Jimmy Ball, the Totton manager, said.
“He’s fast, quick-witted and skilful, and he’s already developing some good understandings with his team-mates on the pitch that I’m sure will reap rewards throughout this season.
“He still needs a bit of work on his match fitness. But he’s been working hard and showing the right kind of attitude and discipline, so I’m pleased to finally be able to officially welcome Enrique to the squad."
Totton will host newly promoted Bishops Cleeve in their league season opener at the Snows Stadium today.