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James Seymour swaps Mildenhall Town for move back to fellow Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Newmarket Town




Newmarket Town player-manager Michael Shinn has spoken of his delight at securing the services of midfielder James Seymour from local rivals Mildenhall Town.

Seymour first joined the Jockeys in October 2016 after a lengthy stint with Ely City, where he wore the captain's armband.

He rejoined Ely 12 months later before switching to Mildenhall ahead of the 2018/19 campaign getting under way.

Mildenhall Town's James Seymour celebrates after scoring against Felixstowe on April 22, 2019. Picture: Dave Francis (10741981)
Mildenhall Town's James Seymour celebrates after scoring against Felixstowe on April 22, 2019. Picture: Dave Francis (10741981)

Seymour made 35 appearances for Mildenhall at Step 4, but after their relegation he will now come up against Ricky Cornish's men in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division next term.

Shinn said of his new signing: "He is a leader and someone that will put his body on the line. He gives everything and is the type of player we were lacking last season.

"I tried to sign him last summer but he wanted to make the step up with Mildenhall and that is great, I like that ambition in a player.

"He knows the club well and that means he should settle in comfortably."

FOOTBALL: Mildenhall Town v Witham James Seymour Mildenhall Picture Mark Westley. (10756151)
FOOTBALL: Mildenhall Town v Witham James Seymour Mildenhall Picture Mark Westley. (10756151)

Meanwhile, there has been another outgoing at Mildenhall today in the shape of Tom Debenham, who has agreed to remain in the Bostik League North Division with Felixstowe & Walton United.

Debenham arrived at Recreation Way in 2017 from Walsham-le-Willows initially as a defender, but he was soon switched up front and last season finished as the club's joint leading scorer alongside Evans Kouassi with 10 goals.

Debenham wrote on the club's Facebook page: "I'd like to let everyone know that I have been given the opportunity to stay at Step 4 which I cannot turn down.

"I would like to thank everyone at the club starting with Dean (Greygoose, former manager) and Sean (Greygoose, former assistant manager) who gave me the chance to play for this great club and starting my career at Mildenhall away to Lancaster in the FA Trophy. Instantly was made welcome by the supporters and back room staff!

MILDENHALL: Football - Mildenhall Town v Bury Town Tom Debenham Mildenhall Picture Mark Westley. (10756173)
MILDENHALL: Football - Mildenhall Town v Bury Town Tom Debenham Mildenhall Picture Mark Westley. (10756173)

"I would also like to thank Rick (Cornish, manager) and Colin (Vowden, assistant) for their efforts this past season, they've worked really hard in the fight for survival and I know that next year they will come back stronger and push on to get back where the club belongs!"

Debenham found the net in both of Mildenhall's matches against Felixstowe last season.