NEW SIGNING: Luke Jenkins

We’re very excited to have secured the signing of exciting young defender Luke Jenkins!

The Shots have beaten a number of clubs, including Football League interest, to Jenkins’ signature and the defender has signed a two-year deal.

Jenkins was pivotal to a Chelmsford side that finished second in the Vanarama National League South and his efforts earned a place in Vanarama’s National League South Team of the Season.

The 21-year-old’s form for the Clarets was also noticed by England C Manager Paul Fairclough who gave Jenkins his international debut alongside new teammate Ollie Harfield in a defeat to Wales C.

Jenkins progressed through the academy sides at AFC Wimbledon and in between a number of loans, made a handful of senior appearances – including three League Two games – for the Wombles before joining Chelmsford last summer.

You can hear Luke Jenkins’ first interview as a Shot by clicking HERE

Widdrington said: “As with lots of our recruitment, we have tracked Luke for some time and every time we checked on his progress we were impressed as he played a major part in Chelmsford City reaching the playoffs last season.”

“His data, but more importantly, those of us who saw him play, felt he was a stand out performer at National League South level. His aerial strength and willingness to put his body on the line in both boxes is something I feel is a feature we possibly missed on occasions last season.”

“Luke wasn’t short of offers to leave Chelmsford and I’m sure clubs both from this level and above will rue the fact he’s chosen The Shots for the next step in his football journey!”

“I feel the pathways we’ve shown are available when playing here at Aldershot Town are a major factor in players like Luke choosing to join the red and blue army!”

Head of Recruitment Jamie Hedges added: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured the signature of Luke: He was absolutely our top target and he attracted interest and offers from lots of clubs, in the EFL and our league, and so we are really pleased Luke has chosen us.”

“Luke was the standout centre back in Step 2 last year with his performances for Chelmsford. We watched him regularly throughout the season and all of us were massively impressed.”

“He’s an aggressive, front-foot defender who’s quick and can defend 1 v 1 situations well. He loves the art of defending – heading and blocking balls – which we felt we needed more of and he is also a great footballer; he can play from the back and fit into the style that we like to play.”

“We feel he is ready to go now, but also with scope to improve and develop further which is a great prospect for the club!”

Welcome to the Shots, Luke!

Luke’s home, away and third shirts are available to sponsor for the 2024/25 season, please contact Commercial Manager Mark Butler on or call 01252 320211 for more information.