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AFC Telford rule out a move for James Armson

AFC Telford United boss Gavin Cowan has ruled out a move for FA Trophy winner James Armson as they are not planning to pay fees for anyone.

James Armson in action against Telford
James Armson in action against Telford

Armson played a big role in Brackley Town’s run to Wembley, where they beat Bromley last month, and is a ‘good friend’ of Cowan’s.

They were team-mates at both Nuneaton Town and Solihull Moors and currently work together – Armson is the head of education in sport for Shropshire firm Crossbar Coaching, of which Cowan is managing director.

“James is a good friend and a former team-mate of mine, he was a young player coming through the ranks at the time,” said Cowan on the 28-year-old midfielder.

“Our work at Crossbar Coaching is separate to our football, though.

“He’s a very good player and someone, if it was possible, we would definitely look to bring into the club.

“He’s a top lad, but it would take an astronomical deal to take him away from Brackley.”

Thankfully for Cowan, the Bucks are already fairly well-stocked in the middle of the park as Ellis Deeney, Jon Royle and Henry Cowans are all staying for the upcoming campaign.

A priority, though, is getting a new goalkeeper in – to work under Darren Acton following his return to the club as goalkeeping coach – as they do not currently have one on their books.

Jas Singh announced his departure shortly after the season ended and has since signed for Tamworth, while Ben Wilson – who spent the second half of the campaign between the sticks – is out of contract at parent club Cardiff City.

Telford have made four new signings since Cowan took over as boss in playmaker Darryl Knights, defenders Theo Streete and Steph Morley and striker Daniel Udoh.

They were all were snapped up for free after Knights and Morley left Tamworth, Streete left Brackley Town and Udoh was released by Crewe Alexandra.

The Bucks have not spent large amounts to try to get out of the division in the past few years – and do not plan to chuck money at it anytime soon.

“We won’t be paying fees for anyone – we’re not in a position to do so,” added Cowan.

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