Yeovil Town have brought in their fifth signing of the summer. Manager Darren Sarll has recruited midfielder Albi Skendi who was last on the books of this afternoon's opponents Stratford Town. He is a former Banbury United, Oxford City, Los Angeles Wolves, Marymount California University and VUSC Soccer player who is 25 years old. The club have not disclosed his length of contract. Stratford indicate that Yeovil Town have paid an undisclosed fee to bring him to Huish Park and will be committing themselves to "pre season friendlies over the next couple of seasons as part of the deal".
Albi is an Albanian player who started his career during the 2011-12 season at Oxford City. During the following season he switched to Banbury United, before returning to Oxford which then saw him start a second spell with Banbury, who were by then under Jed McCrory's ownership. In 2016, he moved across to the USA, where he represented Los Angeles Wolves, Marymount California University and VUSC Soccer.
His return to England during the summer of 2018-19, saw him sign for Stratford Town, giving him his second spell at a club owned by Jed McCrory. He played for them throughout that season, with them having given him terms for the 2019-20 season, meaning that he was under contract with them at the time he departed for Huish Park. Skendi has never made it this far up the pyramid, although did have trials with Swindon Town during the summer of 2013, whilst in May 2019 there were reports in the Stratford press that he had trials for an unnamed League Two side.
He generally plays as a central midfielder - his previous clubs have indicated that he can also play as a centre-back, although Yeovil Town have stated that he can also play up front. Manager Darren Sarll has said of his arrival:
"All my career I've been fortunate to have been able to identify non-league players that can potentially have a bigger and brighter future. Because of the club's relationship with Stratford Town, we were fortunate to have Albi in for a week's training and he not only coped but exceeded all expectations. He'll be a player the fans will connect with; a wholehearted, give everything for the greater good type player that will play a big part for the foreseeable future. This project is really early but very exciting and I'm looking forward to developing Albi further."
The Glovers have also brought in central defender Luke Wilkinson from Stevenage, striker Rhys Murphy from Chelmsford City, defender Lee Collins from Forest Green Rovers and midfielder Andrew Crofts from Newport County since the appointment of Darren Sarll as manager.
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