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Stowmarket Town bring in Shaun Bammant and Jacek Zielonka from Dereham Town



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Stowmarket Town manager Paul Musgrove has continued his summer transfer business with the addition of two players from Dereham Town.

Centre-forward Shaun Bammant has arrived at Greens Meadow having scored 11 goals from 39 appearances as the Magpies finished 10th in the Pitching In Isthmian League North Division last term.

That was Bammant's second spell with Dereham, having first left them at the end of the 2013/14 season to sign for Lowestoft Town, then of the National League North.

Paul Musgrove has signed two players from Dereham Town. Picture: Mecha Morton
Paul Musgrove has signed two players from Dereham Town. Picture: Mecha Morton

Bammant went on to become a key figure at Crown Meadow before rejoining Dereham 12 months ago.

However, he will now begin a new chapter at Stowmarket, much to the delight of boss Musgrove, who recently secured the services of Ed Upson.

"Shaun will provide us with a lot of firepower," said Musgrove. "He'll give us that presence up front, a bit more of an old school type of centre-forward.

"He'll be someone we can build off and he'll cause plenty of problems for defenders.

"There's many areas Shaun will give us a big boost, like being able to go wide and get balls into the box. The lads know they'll have someone in there who can go and attack the ball."

Meanwhile, Jacek Zielonka has followed Bammant in moving over from the Norfolk-based side.

The Polish winger signed for Dereham last summer but his year-long spell was severely hampered by injury.

Jacek Zielonka, pictured playing for King's Lynn, has signed for Stowmarket. Picture: Tim Smith
Jacek Zielonka, pictured playing for King's Lynn, has signed for Stowmarket. Picture: Tim Smith

The soon-to-be 35-year-old suffered an ankle injury during a pre-season friendly that ruled him out for almost the entire 2021/22 campaign, with Zielonka only regaining fitness in time to feature in last month's Norfolk FA Senior Cup final defeat to Mulbarton Wanderers.

Nevertheless, the former King's Lynn Town and Lowestoft Town player is ready to restart his career at Greens Meadow.

Musgrove said of his latest recruit: "Jacek can play left midfield, right midfield or centrally – he's a bit of an all rounder.

"He's got some real good quality and he'll give us the flexibility that you need at our level.

"When you want to be challenging towards the top end you need a squad that is able to cover for injuries and suspensions, and flexibility is a big thing with that.

"Bringing in a player of Jacek's quality in a few positions makes us a better team and squad."