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Double-delight for City as latest duo arrive

The season may be over for many but that hasn’t stopped Ian Allinson from working hard behind the scenes in securing the signatures of two fantastic footballers.

Some may remember Devante Stanley, who featured for the club last pre-season but was unfortunately injured in a friendly. It was an unfortunate break for the young right-back who returned to feature for Biggleswade Town last campaign. Now, fully fit and ready to make up for lost time, it’s a pleasure that we welcome Devante back to St Albans City.

He progressed through the Luton Town youth system with Zane Banton before becoming a key player at Bedford Town, St Neots Town and Royston prior to joining Biggleswade.

Devante Stanley at Clarence Park after signing

“I thought he showed great promise for us in the pre-season before the injury but he’s coming to us now stronger, faster and arguably a better player”

“He was just as keen to return as we were to have him back so it’s a wonderful opportunity for both parties”.

Accompanying Devante through the Clarence Park doors is Romeo Akinola. The attacking midfielder was previously part of the Haringey Borough team that made a blistering start to life in the Isthmian Premier division last year.

Romeo enjoyed five years in the QPR youth teams, thriving under the watchful eye of former City striker Paul Furlong before enjoying a period on the continent with IFK Ostersund in the Swedish fourth division as part of the highly-regarded ‘League Football Education programme’, with Allinson suggesting that the youngster has the ability to be a real star for the club.

Romeo Akinola with manager Ian Allinson

“He’s got a good calibre and he would have had a superb football education at Loftus Road, so I’m looking for Romeo to really kick-on and develop here”.

“Again, I like the fact he can play in multiple positions and I like that he’s got so much quality on the ball for a young lad. He’s an exciting prospect for sure and I have no doubt the supporters will like watching him play”.

We welcome both Devante and Romeo to the club and wish them all the best of luck in their time here.

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