Solomon Nwaboukei becomes the second summer signing for St Albans City

Solomon Nwabuokei in action for Biggleswade Town. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Solomon Nwabuokei in action for Biggleswade Town. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Archant

Ian Allinson has raided son Lee’s Biggleswade Town for the second time this summer to make Solomon Nwabuokei the latest St Albans City signing.

The 23-year-old utility player follows defender David Longe-King through the Clarence Park entrance door after an impressive season at the Waders that culminated in him winning the young player of the year award.

That was his first season at the Southern League Premier Division side after joining last summer from Enfield Borough.

And he praised the effect the younger Allinson has had on his career so far.

He said: "I can't thank Lee enough for what he's done for me over a very short space of time.

"It was a real education for me and I've got nothing but admiration for everyone at Biggleswade but I feel the time was right for another step up.

"And although I had other offers on the table in the National League South, you could tell from speaking to the manager that St Albans City is looking towards the future and they feel that I can play a positive part of their plans."

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Nwabuokei, who bagged three goals in 35 appearances as Biggleswade flirted with the play-off places last season, has now set his sights firmly on justifying the faith shown in him by the Saints' management.

"I know what I can bring to the table and I'm looking forward to meeting my teammates and getting a good pre-season under my belt," he said.

"I don't mind doing the so called dirty stuff but I can play in both defence and midfield and absolutely believe that this move was the right one for me.

"St Albans have a good reputation for developing young players and once I heard that Ian Allinson was interested, there was only ever one place I wanted to be."

That isn't the only piece of business done by City who have tied David Diedhiou and Michael Clark to new deals ahead of the new campaign.

Zane Banton, Scott Shulton, James Kaloczi and Saints' skipper Tom Bender have already signed on for another year although Khale Da Costa, Ben Herd, Clovis Kamdjo and Lewis Knight have all departed Clarence Park.