Viveash signs 13
CIRENCESTER TOWN manager Adi Viveash made 13 signings in a flurry of activity ahead of tonight's showpiece home friendly against Swindon Town.
Among the signings were two players, goalkeeper Matty Bulman and utility player Chris Collins, who formerly played for the County Ground outfit.
Bulman spent last season at Salisbury City, while Collins has come in from Merthyr Tydfil.
Kevin Davies, a right back released by Swansea last season, has also joined, as have the Stanley brothers, Alex and Nick.
Centre back Alex has moved over from Chippenham, while striker Nick returns to the fold having played for Town earlier in his career.
Half a dozen of last season's squad have committed to the cause again, namely Lee Molyneaux, Harry Etheridge, Michael Jackson, Nathan Haisley, Ian McSherry and Phil Hall.
Viveash himself, and his assistant Oggy' Hunt, complete the 13, having signed playing forms in case of emergency.
Viveash seemed particularly pleased to have secured the services of Bulman.
"Matt's kicking is superb and I think he can become one of the top four keepers in the league," the manager told the Standard.
The 21-year-old Bristol-born goalkeeper spent four years at Swindon Town and last season was the No 2 to Ryan Clarke at Salisbury City.
During his time at Swindon, Bulman earned a reputation as a penalty specialist - saving them and taking them.
In the Alliance Youth Cup Final played against Burnley in April, 2005, he scored Swindon's first penalty in the shootout and saved the next one, as his side went on to lift the trophy.
Bulman played just once for the senior side, coming on as a first-half replacement for Manchester Utd loanee Tom Heaton, who had been sent off in the FA Cup tie at Boston.
Bulman's first task was to face the resulting penalty, which he duly saved, although the team went on to lose 4-1.
Viveash was also chuffed to sign Nick Stanley from Devizes.
"He was being tracked by five other BGB League teams," said the manager.
Viveash will be running the rule over a couple of foreign players, David Etale and He-Ho-Kim, in the trial games.
"David is a Kenyan with a sweet left foot and He-Ho-KIm is a Japanese lad, who is studying at Cardiff University," sai Viveash.
"He is doing his UEFA B coaching badges at Swindon and I was recommended to take a look at him."
Andy Sheppard, Dan Hilder, Toby Clapton, J P Mills and Nathan Lightbody complete the squad for tonight's game.
Sheppard could be an interesting catch if Viveash gets his man as he was on the books of Cheltenham Town last season.