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CONCORD RANGERS have been provided with a huge boost with the news that influential midfielder, James Blanchfield, has agreed to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Aspect Arena.
The 22-year-old has established himself as a firm favourite with the Beach Boys fans following his move from Dagenham & Redbridge. Blanchfield started his career with the Arsenal Academy before moving to Ipswich Town where he largely featured with the Portman Road clubs youth and under 23 teams.
The Southend-born player spent a loan spell with Aldershot Town before linking up with the Daggers in the summer of 2018.
After joining Concord a year later, he went on to make 35 appearances, finding the net on three occasions. Speaking to Yellow Sport after securing his future, Blanchford enthused: “I’m delighted to be staying for another season for me it was a no brainer.
“I enjoyed every second last year and that’s what it’s all about, everyone at the club has shown so much support it’s nice to be able to give them some back.
“Next season I hope we can carry on the success of last season and create some more special moments.”
Meanwhile, Beach Boys boss, Danny Scopes, said: “I’m really pleased.
“James came to us off the back of some disappointment at Dagenham & Redbridge. We were pleased that he came on board and got used to National South football.
“All credit to the kid, from the moment he came in he knew what he needed to improve on and what it took to be a successful National South player doing well in games.
“He took that on board along with a little bit of confidence and trust offered by us and developed into a key player for Concord Rangers.”
Scopes added: “We aimed to get him tied down to a new deal straight away and I’m buzzing to get that done. It is good for the club and I think he has enjoyed his football. We’ve enjoyed having him around. The club are keen to play a part in his journey.
“He stepped back up after those disappointments. It was up to us to pick him back up and now push him on. With that bit of loyalty, he can now play his best football. We have an intelligent player who is good on the ball and if we can add to what he’s already got then he’s in for another really good season.”