FOOTBALL: SOLIHULL Moors’ patience has been rewarded by signing the man at the top of the summer wanted list in striker Danny Newton.
The 30-year-old forward has put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal with the National League club.
Newton has spent the last four seasons in the Football League with Stevenage, scoring 26 goals in 115 appearances. That move followed a prolific spell in non-league football, which included netting 29 goals for Tamworth in the 2016/17 season.
“Danny is a striker we have followed closely and was at the top of our list at the start of pre-season,” said manager Neal Ardley .added:. We understood Danny may have had league clubs battling for his signature, so had to play a patient game with him.
“We have stayed in touch throughout pre-season and we are delighted to bring him to the club. His energy and work rate is first-class and added to his goals, will be a big asset for us.”
Born in Liverpool, Newton began his career at Hinckley United and went on to enjoy goal scoring success with Barwell, Leamington and the Lambs.
His participation in the V9 Academy in 2017 attracted the attention of a number of EFL clubs before an eventual move to Stevenage, who Newton departed at the end of June.
On signing for Moors, Newton said: “It’s exciting to be at this club, it’s a progressive club. I had a few good chats with the manager in the summer, talked about how he wants to play and where the club’s going – it’s an exciting place to be, so I’m delighted to get it signed.
“From what I’ve seen of the gaffer and the lads, we play quite attacking football and hopefully I get the chances – I back myself to put them away.
“I’m known for my work rate, it’s a given. I’m good in the air, like to rough defenders up and I always give 100 per cent no matter what.”
Moors, unbeaten in their pre-season friendlies so far, end their preparations on Saturday when they head to Leamington.
Ardley’s side chalked up a 2-1 win at Alfreton Town last weekend, thanks to a rare goal from Kyle Storer.
Joe Sbarra had fired Moors ahead on 15 minutes, curling home his shot following an Adam Rooney flick-on.
Dwayne Riley levelled for the hosts on 35 minutes but skipper Storer restored Solihull’s lead with his first goal since February 2019 when he tapped home the rebound after Ben Usher-Shipway’s shot was parried.
Meanwhile Moors are hosting a Legends charity match at their Studley Sports Centre training ground on Sunday.
It is part of a family day, with Birmingham City Legends playing Wolves on the new 3G pitch (KO 12.30pm). Blues include Martin O’Connor, Lee Carsley, and former Moors man Darren Carter, while Wolves have Jody Craddock, Dave Edwards and Karl Henry.