Basingstoke Town manager Jason Bristow has delved into the summer transfer market to sign goalkeeper Louis Wells and striker Kezie Ibe.
Bristow has been on the lookout for a new gloveman since the departure of Ashley Bayes last month and made Wells a high priority target.
The 31-year-old was released by Blue Square Bet Premier side Dartford at the end of last season, having spent a loan spell at Hayes and Yeading United earlier this year.
Commenting on the keeper’s acquisition, Bristow told the club’s official website: “Louis is a fantastic signing for us, I have seen him many times and been very impressed everytime. The moment we knew Ashley was leaving we knew we had to get him.
“We have been in conversations for a few weeks and delighted to have finally beaten off a number of clubs to get his signature. Louis is a winner and is exactly the type of person we need at the club. We are over the moon that he will be playing for Basingstoke next season.”
Meanwhile, Ibe arrives at the Camrose on a one-year contract from Ryman League Premier Division side Margate, where he scored nine goals in 16 appearances last term.
The 30-year-old has plenty of Conference experience having turned out for Staines Town, Chelmsford City, Ebbsfleet United and Farnborough, while he had brief stints with Sutton United and Eastbourne Borough in the past 12 months.
Bristow said: “Kezie is always a player that impressed against us, he is very quick and very strong, he knows the level well and will bring a lot to our team. He is exciting to watch and I’m sure will score goals for us.”
Posted: Sunday , June 16, 2013