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Exodus and Rooney add quality to City
10:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
NEW signings Exodus Geohaghon and Nathan Rooney will make Worcester City a better team, according to assistant boss Matt Gardiner.
The pair joined the Skrill North club late last week and featured in the 2-1 defeat against Bradford Park Avenue at Aggborough.
Geohaghon’s signature could be seen as something of a coup for cash-strapped City given that the 28-year-old centre-half, who left Mansfield in the summer, has previously played for Peterborough United in the Championship.
Midfielder Rooney left Telford United during the close-season after not being offered a contract at the New Bucks Head club following their relegation from the Conference Premier.
Neither were outstanding against Bradford but Gardiner puts that down to a lack of match-practice and expects them to improve as they play more games.
He said: “Exodus has won the Conference Premier, he’s played in the Championship and League One.
“I think it shows a big commitment from him to come here and play because he should probably be at a higher level.
“But he wants to play football, he’s trying to get back his fitness so his experience could become invaluable.
“He’s got strengths that will add to the squad.
“Nathan showed some nice touches but he’s just short of games.
“We’re in September and neither of them had played a first-team fixture yet.
“From where we are, those players were available and it’s up to us to get them right. They’ve come in late on but they will get better.”
Meanwhile, centre-half Graham Hutchison will have his calf strain assessed this week ahead of Saturday’s trip to Colwyn Bay.
The former Birmingham City player, who also has a broken nose, was replaced by Ashley Walker as a precautionary measure during the second-half against Park Avenue.
Right-back Josh Smith has been loaned to Pershore Town to play regular first- team football.
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