Carmarthen boosted by signing of former Bangladesh national squad member

Carmarthen Town have been given a boost in their attempts to lure themselves away from the relegation zone with the confirmation that they have captured Aidan O’Kelly and Reasat Islam for the remainder of the 2017/18 season.

The Old Gold had been struggling for points this season, but have seemingly turned a corner in their last three games, having picked up seven points out of a possible nine, thanks to a long range goal from goalkeeper Lee Idzi in their last game to defeat Aberystwyth Town.

The club have managed to pull themselves back into contention in the race for survival, and entering Phase Two in a fortnight’s time, the South Wales outfit will be hoping to continue their good form to ensure they maintain their top flight status for next season.

Their aim of survival will have now also been boosted by the signings of O’Kelly and Islam, adding numbers to Mark Aizlewood’s young squad.

O’Kelly has previous experience in the professional game, having been with Hereford United, Aldershot and fellow Welsh outfit Newport County in the football league. However, having faced a long injury lay-off the player was most recently training full-time with Basingstoke Town in the Southern League Premier Division. However, the youngster has now joined the Welsh Premier League outfit.

Aizlewood was pleased to capture the player, whose versatility will undoubtedly add something to the squad.

“He is a versatile player who is comfortable in a number of positions” the manager told the club website, “I am sure he will prove to be a good signing.”

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However, he is not the only signing Aizlewood has made this winter, as Islam has also joined the club. The right midfielder is a native of Bangladesh, however has spent a number of years living in Germany. The player turned out for a host of German outfits, but made the move to England in January 2017, where he plied his trade with Carrick Rangers.

Islam was called up to the Bangladesh national team in May 2015 for their friendlies against Singapore and Afghanistan, however will now be donning the gold shirt of Carmarthen Town for the remainder of the campaign.

On the signing, Aizlewood told the club website “He has been on trial for a month and has impressed enough to be signed until the end of the season.”

Both players will be looking to make the squad ahead of the game against Cefn Druids on Saturday.

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