Shots Sign Stevenson

Former Luton Town midfielder Jim Stevenson has agreed to join Aldershot Town on a one-year contract from 1 August.

The 23 year-old, who made 14 appearances and scored three goals on loan with The Shots from January to April 2015, will return to the Electrical Services Stadium upon the expiry of his contract with The Hatters.

The dynamic, box-to-box midfielder also made 12 appearances for Luton Town last season, having played 23 games in a loan spell with Dartford from December 2013 to April 2014. Stevenson was signed by John Still on a two-year deal in May 2013, after forging his reputation in 113 games, which yielded 16 goals, for Histon.

“Jim is another good signing for us,” said manager Barry Smith. “He’s got a desire to get back to Football League level, the same as the Club, and for someone of such a young age, with his attitude and commitment, he can be a leader on the park. His attributes make him just the sort of player that we are looking for.”

“I had a few options (from other clubs) but I love being here,” explained Stevenson. “It’s a good club and I’ve been made to feel very welcome by the management, staff and supporters. I have nothing but positive views of the Club. I like to feel settled and that’s when I play my best football, and hopefully I can continue to progress in my performances this season.

“We had a good group of players all working together,” he remembers of his initial loan spell, “and that’s what we’ve got to try to get this season, with young hungry players who all want to improve. I’d like to think that I can be a key part of that and help to build something here. We can aim high this season, and I want to get back into the Football League.

“Barry has told me what he wants from me and it’s everything that I want to be doing as a footballer – playing through midfield and being an attacking threat. I’d love to be able to do that week in, week out, and score loads of goals from midfield. I’m really excited for that and optimistic about what we can achieve.”