FECKENHAM have been boosted ahead of the new Midland League Division Two campaign by the return of Ben Welsh.
Welsh played under first team manager Aaron Blackwood and joint assistant manager Tony Round as a schoolboy with Studley’s development team.
A further two seasons followed at the Warwickshire outfit as he played a leading role in the side which went on to win the Midland Floodlit Youth League Western Division title and the youngster also had a brief spell alongside Blackwood and Round at West Midlands Regional League side Bartley Green Illey.
A call-up into the senior side at Studley followed under Ade Mander and Welsh wasted no time in scoring his debut goal against Uttoxeter Town.
Also, a member of Romulus’ academy, it was not long before the utility man completed Evo-Stik Northern Division One South forms and at 18 scored his debut goal at Stocksbridge Park Steels.
Millers assistant manager Round said: “Ben had played a bit-part role at times with us at Feckenham over the course of the past few years because of his commitments with Roms, but we’re chuffed he’ll now be with us on a permanent basis this season.
“He had a lot of opportunities to play his football further up the National League pyramid and was honest with us about all of them. In the end, he’s opted to play somewhere that he’ll be comfortable with and knows he’ll enjoy his football.
“Capable of playing anywhere along the spine of the side, his versatility will be a real asset, whilst his experience with Romulus should stand us in good stead ahead of the new campaign.”
Welsh’s arrival follows the re-signings of club stalwarts Danny Murphy, Ben Cox, Jordan Adams and Daniel Williams, with more announcements due soon.