16 February 2013

City snap up defender but miss out on Bodmin striker

By Rhod Mitchell, West Briton LINK HERE

TRURO City have boosted their squad ahead of todfay's home game against Staines Town  by  signing Tiverton Town central defender Paul Kendall, but  have missed out on free scoring Bodmin Town striker Chris Luxton who has decided to stay with the Priory Park club.

Kendall, 23, who was captain at Tiverton, has previously been with Plymouth Argyle and Bideford and is available for selection for today's match.

City had also hoped to snap up 18-year-old Luxton, who has scored 21 goals for the Carlsberg Peninsula League champions this season in 29 league and cup appearances.

But  City's Head of Football Development Steve Massey said today that Luxton, who has attracted the attentions of a number of higher level clubs,  felt   it was "not the right time" to try his hand at Blue Square South football.

Massey added that the club were delighted to have signed Kendall from the Southern League  Division One South & West  side.

"He is a no nonsense centre half  and also a threat in other side's boxes at set pieces. He will be a great asset to the club."

A Tiverton spokesmand said "The club would like to thank Paul for his significant contribution to the club while he was with us and wish him the best of luck in the future.

"Paul has said that he really appreciated the support he received from the club and fans and it's with a heavy heart that he moves on."

Massey added he was disappointed that Luxton had not decided to join City for the rest of the season.

He said: "Life is like football. You cannot always pick the time to do things. It was a fantastic opportunity for him to sample what we are and what the league is all about.
"But we only want players here who want to be here."

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