Ahmed Abdulla signs for Swifts as Brown looks to bolster midfield options


SWIFTS boss Jody Brown has brought in former Barnet midfielder Ahmed Abdulla to strengthen his options in the middle of the park.

The Heybridge manager made a move for Ware skipper Abdulla (pictured above) after his captain Lewis Dark suffered a suspected broken foot.

It comes after a recall by Leyton Orient for Charles Clayden, and the unavailability of Lewis Godbold in March for a fortnight due to personal reasons.

Abdulla’s arrival also follows the return of winger Sam Ashford to Scraley Road after he recently left Brightlingsea Regent, and a one-month loan move for Harry Morgan to Waltham Forest.

Brown said: “Lewis Dark’s injury is a concern and was confirmed a day after the loan agreement to send Harry Morgan out for game time.

“Lewis Godbold is due to be away a few games next month, so the potential loss of three midfielders pushed me into strengthening that area.

“Abdulla is a player I’ve been watching for a month now, having seen him at Romford and then against us twice.

“When I researched further, I found lots of positive information from a selection of sources.

“He will add depth, but more so he adds quality and certainly isn’t coming in to make up the numbers.

“Sam Ashford is an exciting prospect and made an immediate impact Tuesday against Romford.

“We never replaced Sam Bantick so this is a positive move for both us and Sam. I think he will continue to develop here and could become a major asset.

“The injury to Dark is a blow but we learned our lessons in January when the squad was light and we paid the ultimate penalty. I won’t allow that to happen again.

“From a financial perspective it’s all sensible and balanced and follows our one-in-one-out mentality, as it has been all season.”