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Long-time target Sam Wedgbury can be Forest Green's midfield general

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

By Pete Orchard

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Forest Green manager Ady Pennock has bolstered his midfield options with a double swoop, bringing Sam Wedgbury and Kurtis Guthrie to the New Lawn.

Wedgbury was plying his trade in League One last season with Stevenage and has joined Rovers on a two-year deal after being released.

Pennock has also raided former club Welling United for 21-year-old Guthrie, who stands at 6ft 3ins and began his professional career at Accrington Stanley in League Two.

He has since turned out for Southport on loan and Bath City, for whom he scored a hat-trick on his home debut against Maidenhead United.

Guthrie was offered a new contract at Welling, meaning Rovers have had to pay a compensation fee to secure his services.

Pennock admits his new recruit is far from the finished article but believes he will offer a different dimension to the team, who finished 10th in the Conference for the third season running last term.

“I’m very pleased to bring Kurtis on board. He’s got great feet, he’s quick and a good size,” said Pennock.

“I saw him about eight times last season – four times I thought he was outstanding, the other four I was pulling my hair out.

“He’s still got a lot to learn but he’s got a good head on his shoulders and fantastic tools. For him to come from part-time at Welling it’s a good time for us to get him.

“There was a bit of interest in him but I spoke to (manager) Jamie Day and (chairman) Barrie Hobbins at Welling and I’m pleased the move has gone through smoothly and he’s come on board.

“I see him as a wide player and the times I’ve seen him he’s played out wide. He can go past players with a bit of skill and cross the ball and his delivery is very good.

“He can play up front as well and he’s more than capable of scoring goals.”

Wedgbury, 25, made 19 appearances in all competitions for Stevenage last season after moving from Macclesfield Town, where he was named Player of the Year.

Pennock said: “Sam is someone I tried to bring in on loan last season, so as soon as he became available I moved quickly.

“He is a midfield general who has lots of energy and can get forward to score goals, which is something we have been lacking.”

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