Central defender David Longe-King has this morning put pen to paper on a deal which sees him return to Clarence Park four years after first featuring for the club in the National League South.
Longe-King arrives at the club after a very successful season at Biggleswade Town in the Evo-Stik South under former City assistant Lee Allinson and the defender is under no illusions about the task ahead this summer.
“I’m so pleased to have signed for St Albans City. I was really young during my first period here and I just wasn’t ready for that level of football but I didn’t let anyone down and it was an important introduction for me at the time “.
“I’ve developed so much as a player, especially under Lee (Allinson) at Biggleswade and felt this was the right time to make that step-up. I’m also a much stronger player now both physically and mentally to cope with the National League South and to be honest I can’t wait to get started for pre-season”.
“Ian has come down to see me play a few times in the last few months and although I had other options available to me, Clarence Park was the only place I wanted to make my home for the new season. We have a manager who I believe can improve me as a player and provide me with the perfect opportunity to perform at the highest possible level”.
The move is seen as a massive boost by manager Ian Allinson who fought off a host of other well-established non-league sides to get the talented defender’s signature.
“He’s a great lad and he’s progressed magnificently at Biggleswade and I have to thank Lee and everyone else at the club for their help in getting this over the line”
“We watched him a few times and more than held he own when he came up against the likes of Gloucester City and AFC Fylde so he knows the level expected of him and I have absolutely no doubt that he’ll be a key signing for us.”
The player himself also spoke of his time with the Waders and has no doubt the club will continue to thrive.
“Lee Allinson was the first manager that really believed in my game. I had a great time there and can’t thank them enough for their investment in me. This move is a new step and one that I’m really excited about. I can’t wait to pull on that famous shirt and get back to work again”.
We hope you’ll join us in welcoming David to club.