Shots Sign Dan Walker

Aldershot Town have signed former Braintree Town striker Dan Walker on a one-year contract.

The 25 year-old, who can also play as a winger or attacking midfielder, is a pacy, inventive and composed striker. He ended last season with a three-month loan spell at Eastleigh, for whom he scored on his debut in February 2015, and previously played for Hereford United, Luton Town, Southport, Cambridge United and Eastbourne Borough.

He scored four goals in just six starts for The Hatters in 2012-13, having begun his career with Rushden and Diamonds and subsequently enjoyed time at Stony Stratford Town, Bedford Town and Leighton Town.

“Hopefully with the new manager and new squad we can give the Club the fresh start that it needs,” explained Walker upon completing his move to The Shots. “Everyone knows this is a big Club, and that it has underachieved recently, because a Club this size should be pushing for promotion. Hopefully this is the season where Aldershot Town can push on.

“This is a tough division to get out of, with just one automatic promotion place, but Barry has high hopes. I already know a couple of the players here and they have good ambitions for the Club too, so who says we can’t get promoted this year? I’m raring to go.”

“He’s got pace and good ability,” recognised manager Barry Smith. “I see him primarily as a striker, and he is someone who I think the fans will like seeing in an Aldershot Town shirt. My strikers have a licence to be positive, and he’s one of the players who will play with confidence. You’ve got to give players a certain amount of freedom when we’re attacking, and with that freedom Dan will be a very positive player for us.”

Of the three strikers in his burgeoning squad – Dan, Matthew Barnes-Homer and Charlie Walker – Smith continued: “We’ll play different formations and we need different types of player for that. But they are all capable of playing in the first-team, and that’s the reason they are here. We want them all to do well and we want them to score goals.”