Archives for Defender

Gradi Milenge

Gradi, born in DR Congo is a central defender, signed from Harlow Town of the Bostik League at the end of September 2018. He spent the 2017-18 season with Maldon & Tiptree having spent seven years coming through the ranks with Brentford. Milenge has also had spells at Farnborough, Grays Athletic, Northwood, Hendon, Bedford  Town and London Colney.
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Seasons: 2018-19.
Positions: Defender.

Aaron Ibe

Defender / Midfielder.  Remarkably, Aaron joins Staines from schools football last season, where the 6’4” central defensive player was turning out for Royal Russell. He does, however, have some pedigree in the game, numbering Rotherham United, Millwall, Crystal Palace, and Fulham as his former clubs.  Aaron is of English, Nigerian, Colombian, and Scottish background.
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Seasons: 2019-20.
Positions: Defender.

Miloš Vukasinovič

Miloš is a powerful 5’11” defender with a Serbian background and was one of the younger players in the Staines Town U18 side who picked up runners-up medals in both the Isthmian Youth League and Middlesex Senior Youth Cup in 2016/17. In the 2017/18 season, Miloš continued to attract interest from pro scouts while playing regularly for the Swans. His previous clubs include Westway FC and Hanwell Town. He joined in June 2016, and remarkably is the club’s longest service player at present.
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Seasons: 2018-19.
Positions: Defender.

Niran Butler

Centre back – A powerful defender who joined Staines from Flackwell Heath in June 2019, where he had been since leaving Barnet’s youth set-up.  Began playing with the London Football College in Islington.
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Seasons: 2019-20.
Positions: Defender.

Isi Richard

Right back, 19.  Of Dutch / Nigerian descent, Isioma grew up in the Netherlands, where he played for De Jonge Spartaan until 2017.  He joined New Queens Park FC on moving to England, and from there signed up to Rising Ballers FC, where he was coached by Mahrez Bettache, as well as playing in the Queens Park Rangers FC colleges set-up last season.  He is 5’10” tall and joined Staines Town in August 2019.
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Seasons: 2019-20.
Positions: Defender.

Dan Choules

Right back, 19.  Dan is another June 2019 recruit, who was also a county level cross-country runner.  As a 17 year-old, he made first team appearances for both Walton Casuals and East Grinstead Town, then moved onto Woking in 2017, initially playing in their Academy.  Whilst with the Cards, he had dual registration periods with Burgess Hill Town and Walton & Hersham, and then last season with Westfield, before coming to Wheatsheaf Park.
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Seasons: 2019-20.
Positions: Defender.

Cory Hall

Right back, 21.  A close-season capture from Watford-based Evergreen FC, Cory has previously played for Maidenhead United, Aldershot Town, Brentford, and Hayes & Yeading United.  He has roots in England, Northern Ireland, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica
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Seasons: 2019-20.
Positions: Defender.

Elan Assiana

Elan is a former junior at Fulham, where he won the U14 Premier League Cup and was Player of the Year. He was then picked up by Manchester City, representing their U16s, youth team, and reserves and winning the league. In October 2014 he was transferred to Charlton Athletic and gained further National League honours, winning the U18 and U23 titles. During his time at Man City he gained his England U16 cap, playing against Northern Ireland.  However as Elan was born in the Republic of the Congo, he has also gained U20 caps for his birth nation. In 2017/18
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Seasons: 2018-19.
Positions: Defender.

Akeeb Adeyemo

Akeeb is a strong, quick and agile player who predominantly plays at right back, but can also function at centre-back and in midfield. His early days were spent with Meridian FC before spells with Dartford and Dulwich Hamlet. He represented London and the Blackheath District, and earned a 6 week trial with Crystal Palace. Aka went on to appear for Thamesmead Town, Elite Pro FC, Phoenix Sports, and most recently Corinthian-Casuals, from which he came to Staines Town in June 2018.
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Seasons: 2018-19.
Positions: Defender.

Joey Taylor

Left back, 22.  Joey has played international football for Montserrat, as well as helping Horsham to promotion via the Isthmian South-East Division 1 play-offs last season.  His previous clubs are Welling United, Burgess Hill Town, East Grinstead Town, Whyteleafe, and Hythe Town, and he joined Staines in June 2019.
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Seasons: 2019-20.
Positions: Defender.

Davis Cofie

Davis’ early clubs included Bedhead Blues, Hendon, Doverhouse Lions, and Wandle Wanderers, before his first spell at Staines Town as an Academy player in 2013/14.   He then went on to appear for Metropolitan Police in their successful youth and reserve sides and also play for Sutton Common Rovers, Whyteleafe U21, and Corinthian-Casuals prior to re-joining Staines in July 2018.
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Seasons: 2018-19.
Positions: Defender.

Makhosini Ryan Khanye

Khanye is now in his second spell with Staines Town, having originally joined from Greenwich Borough for the last ten weeks of the 2016/17 season at Wheatsheaf Park. Early in his career he spent time with Brentford, Bristol City, and Erith & Belvedere, and between the two spells he had played at Whitehawk and trialled with Crewe Alexandra. Last season he helped Ashton United achieve promotion to the National League North via the Evo-Stik (Northern Premier) Play-offs.
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Seasons: 2018-19.
Positions: Defender.

Rhys Paul

Centre back, 25.  A 6’1” tall and powerfully built defender who has gained experience at numerous clubs since starting his junior career with Millwall and Charlton Athletic.  He has since passed through Salisbury City, Eastbourne Borough, Thurrock, Hitchin Town, Maidenhead United, Hendon, Enfield Town, AFC Hayes, Marlow, Walton Casuals, Molesey, Egham Town, Hanwell Town, and most recently Greenwich Borough, from where he joined Staines in July 2019.
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Seasons: 2019-20.
Positions: Defender.

Dawayne Campbell

An imposing centre back with experience from Crystal Palace, where he spent a year as a youngster before moving on to Wycombe Wanderers.  He was also at Bromley, and spent a year’s loan with Carshalton Athletic.  After two seasons with Wycombe, he has most recently had three with AFC Wimbledon.  He came to Staines Town in August 2018.
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Seasons: 2018-19.
Positions: Defender.