Squad taking shape as two more sign

In news that will undoubtedly delight all St Albans City supporters, we can announce that Dean Snedker has agreed to a new deal with the club. The former Kettering and Northampton stopper has been a key figure at Clarence Park since his arrival two years ago.

Dean has impressed with a string of fine displays – firmly establishing himself as one of the best goalkeepers outside the football league and capturing the Players’ Player of the Year awards in both of the last two seasons as a Saint.

His contribution was also noticed on a national level when he was selected by England C manager Paul Fairclough for the FA XI side to face the Bedfordshire FA select side in a celebratory match at Kenilworth Road earlier this year.

Joining Dean and the rest of the Saints squad is defender Joe Howe following his release from neighbours Hemel Hempstead Town.

The right back enjoyed a long career at Ebbsfleet, having signed for the club in 2010. The 31-year-old started his career at MK Dons and after spells at Welling United, Fisher Athletic and Croydon Athletic, joining Ebbsfleet in 2010.

He made 234 appearances for the Fleet but found starts hard to come by at Stonebridge Road after returning from injury therefore Howe opted for a fresh start by putting pen to paper at Bromley under manager Neil Smith with whom he had worked with previously. The right back departed Hayes Lane to enjoy a season with Leatherhead before settling at Vauxhall Road in 2017 where he made 70 appearances for the Tudors.

City boss Ian Allinson believes the squad is finally bearing fruit after a hard summer of negotiations.

We’ve got ourselves two quality players here but it’s been exceptionally tough this time around to compete with all the money that’s being splashed about in this division. Obviously Dean is a fantastic player and you only have to look at the accolades he’s won during his time here to tell you exactly how highly he’s thought of so to get him on board for another season really is a massive boost for us.

Allinson was equally as complimentary about his new defensive acquisition.

Joe is more than established at this level. You don’t have the career he’s had by going through the motions. He’s a top-class defender with good energy and that is exactly the type of player we’re trying to attract to the football club.” “He’s going to add that level of experience to the team and I know he’ll fit in well here at the football club.” “We can’t compete on a financial level with some clubs but we can offer players the opportunity to play good football for a very good team in front of superb supporters, so we know those players who sign for the club are doing so for the right reasons.

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