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Familiar face returns as Allinson looks to the wings

The new arrivals are totting up today as flying winger Bobson Bawling joins the returning Rhys Murrell-Williamson to provide the Saints with two of the divisions’ top wide-men

Murrell-Williamson needs no introduction to the City faithful after enjoying a fruitful first spell at Clarence Park , scoring an impressive 15 goals during the 2017/18 campaign – earning himself a place in the National League South Team of the Season in the process.

The winger then left for pastures new when he joined Hampton & Richmond Borough in the summer of 2018 scoring four times in 21 appearances for The Beavers. RMW then departed for a brief spell with Billericay although failed to settle at the Essex club before moving once again, this time to title-chasing Woking.

Speaking to stalbanscityfc.com, manager Ian Allinson was full of praise for the returning player.

We’re delighted to have Rhys back with us. He knows the club well and knows he’s got some unfinished business here so after speaking at length with him it’s evident that he’s here to work hard and play football. Rhys set the bar very high during his first stint here and we’re looking for him to contribute massively to St Albans City once again this time around.

Also turning out in the yellow and blue for the new season is Bobson Bawling. This exciting winger featured over 70 times in the football league for Crawley Town where he also contributed six goals for the Reds. He left the Broadfield Stadium in the summer of 2017 when his contract expired but had no shortage of offers, opting to join Woking for the start of the new campaign.

His time at the Surrey club lasted just twelve months, joining fellow title chasers Torquay United for a brief spell in the summer of 2018. Only a handful of appearances followed before joining another League South outfit Oxford City on loan early in the season. Bawling settled well at the club and wasted no time in making the move permanent last November

“We were impressed with him when we came up against Oxford last season”, Allinson stated.

He travels well with the ball and he’s capable of playing at a very high level so it’s a great signing and to have these two wingers at our disposal means we can develop our shape and bring some width into our game.

The City manager concluded: “We’re probably a player or two shy of where we need to be but I’m delighted at our business to date and it shows yet again that we can attract good players to this club. We’ll keep working hard to get the right balance and come August the supporters will see a good squad of players ready for action.”

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