Wisbech swoop to sign Rogers

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Wisbech Town boss Brett Whaley believes the addition of attacking midfielder Declan Rogers will add a greater goal threat to his side’s armoury.

The Fenmen beat off a host of other clubs to complete the signing of Rogers from AFC Rushden & Diamonds, who he helped win promotion last season.

Rogers, 24, can play on the left wing or across the midfield.

A delighted Whaley said: “Declan is potentially a replacement for Danny Beaumont. He possesses a great left foot and is also good at set-pieces. His arrival gives us good balance.

“He has an eye for goal and technically he is very good. He will certainly add goals to us.

“I think we look pretty good defensively and I don’t envisage us conceding too many goals, but I was a little bit concerned about our goal threat.

“That’s why we’ve signed Declan. He influences games by creating and scoring goals. He gives us something a little bit different.

“He is a player I approached a few weeks ago and he was being chased by a number of clubs so I’ve had to be really patient.”

Before putting pen-to-paper for Rushden in January, Rogers notched 14 goals from 20 appearances at Huntingdon last season, following an incredible return of 29 goals in 38 games the previous campaign.

Rogers started his career with Peterborough United before joining Cambridge City in 2010.

He then had a spell with Soham Town Rangers before joining Huntingdon, who he played for until January this year, other than a brief stint at St Neots Town in the Southern League Premier back in 2012.

Whaley feels that Rogers’ experience will be vital if the Fenmen are are to launch a United Counties League title challenge this season.

“Declan won the league with Rushden last season and having that type of experience in your team is really important if you want to be a side challenging at the top end of the table,” said Whaley.