Rushden bade farewell to Dean Howell over the last couple of days, as he signed for Aldershot Town. However, the loss was more than made up for, as prolific goalscorer Daryl Clare signed for the Diamonds. The striker has scored 48 goals for Burton since his move there two summers ago, and has enjoyed spells at Crawley (11 goals in 25 games), Chester (48 in 62) and Boston (25 in 47). He has won the Conference Golden Boot award twice.
A member of Burton’s messageboard claimed that he was “gutted” to see Clare go. “He was the difference between mid-table obscurity and play-off contention”. Another claimed that “Burton has died today…”, certainly a good sign.
Reportedly, Rushden have also signed Torquay Utd striker Lee Phillips for a fee of £15,000. Phillips scored 16 goals last term, and proved a popular figure because of his work rate.
Without wanting to tempt fate, with two new signings of very high quality, Rushden seem to be heading tin the right direction. With the possibility of Bradley Wood-Garness joining the Diamonds attack, Rushden are already gearing up for improvement on last season’s league campaign. The dismay that greeted the news of Howell’s departure was short lived and, as one fan put it, for the first time in years excitement about the new season is rife.