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Parkin and Stacey join the ranks

The Bulls made two new additions to the side last week, welcoming goalkeeper Dylan Parkin and winger Joe Stacey.

20-year-old former Sheffield United youngster Parkin made his first start for the Bulls in the 1-1 draw at Athersley Recreation last Saturday, putting in a fine first performance before unluckily conceding mid-way through the second half.

After leaving the Blades, Parkin went on to Chesterfield's academy before stints at Ossett Albion (now Ossett United), Sheffield FC, Cleethorpes Town and finally Boston United.

After the draw in Barnsley the young goalkeeper expressed his ambition to cement his place in the AFC starting 11 and his hope that his experience from playing in the league above would come in handy: "I want a run of games, I want to keep playing - I need as many games as I can get at the end of the day.

"I learned a lot last year when I was playing in that league, I'm still learning now, but speaking to the lads there is a lot of experience in the changing room."

Fellow new signing Joe Stacey arrives at the Forest Town Arena on the back of a four-year spell across the pond in Virginia, United States, where he studied and played football under a scholarship programme at Bluefield College.

Before returning to England, Stacey spend almost three months playing for USL2 side Dalton Red Wolves in Tennessee.

The 22-year-old versatile winger began his footballing career with Rotherham United at the age of eight, spending seven years with the Millers before a short development team stint up the road at Doncaster.

He was then at Sheffield FC's U21 side from the age of 16, including two senior team appearances for The Club, until moving to the States two years later.

Stacey came on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw at Athersley and will continue to be pushing for a starting place.


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