Aug 4 2010 By Chris Slavin
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UXBRIDGE FC boss Tony Choules believes that he has made a “fantastic signing” for the club after the arrival of promising defender Rob Fitzgerald (pictured).
The 21-year-old has been tempted to make the step down and join a new-look Uxbridge squad for next season after quitting near neighbours Wealdstone.
Fitzgerald, who has also had spells at Enfield and Hillingdon Borough, was released by Football League One side Yeovil in the summer of 2009.
Choules tried in vain to sign him then, but he was beaten to the punch by Wealdstone as they were able to offer him Ryman Premier football.
But it was second time lucky for Choules when Fitzgerald signed on the dotted line last Thursday - and the Uxbridge boss believes that the move can help him become a professional player again.
“It is a fantastic signing for us,” said Choules. “I am now fortunate that I have one of the best young centre-backs in the league and I think in two years he will be playing professional again.
“We are surprised that we have got him. I spoke to him after he left Yeovil and I think we left a good impression on him, but Wealdstone then came in for him and he decided to join them.”
Fellow centre-back Mark Dennison re-signed for Uxbridge last week too and Choules is convinced that the pair will provide a rock-solid partnership.
Choules has signed 30 players on in total and will begin the process of cutting down those numbers in the next two weeks before Uxbridge's Zamaretto Division One Central opener at Soham Town Rangers.
But the Uxbridge boss will close the door on last season's top scorer Ryan O'Toole re-signing for the club if he does not commit this week.
Kevin Warner and Darran Crane netted for Uxbridge in a 2-2 draw friendly draw at home to Ryman Division One South side Wingate & Finchley last night.