Where are they now?

Dion Pereira in action against Notts County.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Luton Town midfielder and former Yeovil loanee Dion Pereira has joined League Two side Bradford City on loan.

The ex-Watford man was at Huish Park towards the start of this season, playing 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Notts County in October.

Following that single performance he was not seen in a match day squad again, with Luton boss Nathan Jones citing a slight injury the cause for his return whilst Glovers’ manager Darren Sarll said the player was “massively fatigued” following his appearance.

On October 22, Sarll confirmed the player would not be returning to Yeovil.

 

Goalkeeper Adam Smith in action for Yeovil Town.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Former Yeovil Town Goalkeeper Adam Smith signed for Stevenage this weekend, making his debut only a few hours after putting pen to paper – he would go on to be named Man of the Match in a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient.

Smith, who played every game during the 2020/21 season also spent time on loan at Huish Park the season before.

Speaking prior to his debut for his new club he said that his time with the Glovers had been difficult following the passing of Lee Collins.

“It was tough, a tough season with everything that happened. Obviously I played everygame which was good, but obviously the unfortunate events of the captain, a good friend kind of put a downer on the season.”

“No matter how good the season was, the overshadowed everything”

Everyone at the Gloverscast wishes Adam Smith all the best at the new club.

Sonpue speaking to the BBC after his goal vs Altrincham

Former Yeovil Town midfielder, Emmanuel Sonupe has signed for National League South Side, Dartford Town.

The former Spurs youngster spent time at Stevenage before joining Yeovil in November 2020.

He played 15 times in toal, scoring twice.

He’s goals came in games against King’s Lynn and Altrincham late in his spell at Huish Park.

He made his debut for his new side in the London Senior Cup this midweek, scoring twice and will hope to make his next appearance in the FA Cup alongside another former Glover in Kieran Murtagh who now all plys his trade at Princes Park.

Hat Tip to our friends at WeLoveYouYTFC for spotting this ‘where ar they now’?

Former Yeovil Town trialist (and Gloverscast cult hero) Harlain Mbayo has signed for Gosport Borough.

The former Aberdeen defender had been on trial for the Glovers in pre season playing in a couple of games including against Stratford Town.

He made his debut on Saturday playing his part in his new side’s 3-2 over Tiverton Town.

All the best at Gosport, Harlain!

 

Deshane Dalling at Stratford

As part of the annual ‘Guess the Trilalist’ game show this summer, we identified former QPR attacker Deshane Dalling as one of the uncontracted players we were taking a look at.

However, with the last couple pre-season games being called off and Dalling not to be seen, his future remained unclear until Hemel Hempstead Town announced the 23-year-old had joined them for their upcoming campaign in the National League South.

Everyone at the Gloverscast wishes Deshane all the best for the upcoming season at Vauxhall Road.

 

 

 

 

Former Yeovil Town defender Omar Sowunmi has signed for National League rivals Bromley following a successful trial.

The 25-year-old was part of the Glovers’ side which was relegated from the Football League in 2019 before signing for League Two Colchester United.

He was released in the summer after making just 19 appearances last season.

Omar Sowunmi in action for Yeovil Town.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Speaking about the signing, Bromley boss Andy Woodman said: “I think with the way we’re trying to play football, Omar is going to be a really good addition to our defensive unit and in the opposite box too.”

He links up with fellow former Yeovil players Byron Webster and striker Courtney Duffus at Hayes Lane.

 

 

Yeovil Town midfielder Albi Skendi has donned his boots and shin pads in the states to play alongside pop sensation Justin Bieber.
(Yes, really)

Skendi was is action for a local Californian side Churchhome Football Club, the paparazzi were there in force, not for the Albanian, but rather for the multi-millionaire pop star.

There’s video below, but Skendi himself was tagged in a picture of him sat alongside the singer on the sidelines on Instagram, according to the Daily Mail, the game took place this past weekend.

Darren Sarll confirmed that Skendi is still under contract but has chosen not to report for training.

 

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Former Yeovil Town midfielder, Alex John has found a new home in Wales after signing for Merthyr Town.

We reported recently that he had been on trial in Scotland with Dundee FC, but has opted for a move to the Welsh side instead.

A regular in the first team squad for the last few seasons at Huish Park he failed to make an competitive appearances and spent time on loan at Hull City.

All the best at Merthyr, Alex.

 

Gabby Rogers playing for Tiverton. Pic from @vivcurtis on twitter

Former Yeovil Town midfielder Gabriel Rogers has been spotted on trial at Southern League Premier Division side Tiverton Town.

Our friends at WeLoveYouYTFC alerted us to Rogers’ appearance in the Tivvy friendly against Plymouth Parkway which took place on Saturday. (July 31st)

Previously, Rogers had been on trial with Wycombe Wanderers, news we broke here on the Gloverscast in early July.

Rogers left Huish Park under something of a cloud after being left out of Darren Sarrl’s plans for much of the 2020/21 season.

He played 23 times across all competitions for the Glovers, scoring one goal – that last gasp thunderbolt against Bromley in the FA Cup.

All the best at Tiverton, Gabby!

 

 

Former Yeovil Town attacking midfielder, Matty Warburton has signed for fellow National League side FC Halifax Town after a short spell on trial.

 

Warburton appeared under the cunning guise of “Trialist” in a couple of pre-season friendlies for the Yorkshire side against Farsley Celtic and Carlisle United

Warburton was signed on loan from Northampton Town during a mid season re-jig of signings but his time at Huish Park was a struggle, failing to get regular game time before departing his loan spell ahead of schedule.

An absolute Rolls Royce of a midfielder on his day, he played 19 times for the Glovers scoring twice, once against Woking and once against his former club Stockport County in the FA Cup.

We wish Matt all the best at the Shay Stadium… with obvious exceptions for games against Yeovil Town.

Sam Foley, a member of Yeovil Town‘s play-off winning side of 2013, is back in English football having joined Tranmere Rovers.

The 34-year-old spent last season north of the border at Scottish Premier League side Motherwell but was released at the end of the season after making just four appearances having signed from St Mirren in January.

Speaking to the Tranmere website, Foley said: “Tranmere is a massive football club, and it is a privilege to play for the club.

“Obviously, the manager (former Dundee United boss Mickey Mellon) is a big pull and I know him from my time in Scotland and I was impressed with how his team played last season.”

Some time ago, we here at the Gloverscast decided we’d test out some questionable Latvian (and a little Slovienian) to try and track down one of the 2013 Wembley heroes – Vitalijs Maksimenko – and we did! (you can read our interview with him… HERE)

This week, we dusted off the Google Translate, set it to Hungarian and tried to find another former Yeovil star – Zoltan Stieber – and wouldn’t you know, it worked!

The former Aston Villa youngster joined Yeovil Town on loan in November 2007 and only actually spent a few months with the Glovers.

But, he has gone on to have an incredible career, which includes playing at UEFA Euro 2016 for his country and playing in the top flight of both Germany and the USA.

We sent some questions to Zoltan and he remembers his time at Yeovil fondly.

“I signed for Villa I think in 2007. I used to train with the first team at Villa regularly and it was the next step in my career to go on loan, so i was really exited to go on loan to Yeovil Town and get some first Team Football! “

It would be a fair assumption that a young Hungarian plying his trade on the verge of the Aston Villa first team may not have heard of a small Somerset club who were in League One, but that wasn’t the case.

“I heard about the club, because i was following the lower leagues as well, but didn’t know much to be honest!”

It was Russell Slade who signed Stieber, initially on a short term loan, but after impressing in his first few games, the deal was extended.

“It was a great experience to work with him, he was my first Coach in first team football so of course I had to adapt, but I learned a lot from him and I am thankful for him that he gave me the chance to get my first games in first team football it helped me a lot for my career”
A lot has been made about how Yeovil have helped young players move through their careers and go on to better things, something which Stieber agrees with – his career in adult football essentially began at Huish Park
“All the players were great with me, they helped me directly and made it easy for me to feel home for my time at Yeovil, this was the biggest step coming out of youth team football, it helped me a lot”
Stieber played 15 times in the Green and White, scoring just once, a winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Brighton in late December of 2007, a moment that Stieber will remember for a while; “It was a great feeling to score the first time in English Football”
Sadly, the Hungarian doesn’t keep in touch with any of his form Yeovil team mates any more, but he did say he keeps an eye out for the results occasionally.
He did want to send his gratitude to the Glovers faithful though
“Thanks for the support, it was a great experience to play in front of 8-9000 fans, the game days were really a dream came true feeling”
Zoltan Stieber may have made more goals than he scored at Yeovil, but you could tell there was quality waiting to burst out – time spent with Wayne Rooney at DC United and scoring at major international tournaments suggests it did find it’s way through!
A huge “köszönöm” (thanks) to Zoltan for asking my questions… where shall Google Translate take us next? Who knows!

Former Glovers’ winger Gabby Rogers is on trial at League One side Wycombe Wanderers, it appears.

Photographs on social media  show the 20-year-old turning out for  development side at Chesham United on Friday night.
Rogers was released after his contract at Huish Park expired at the end of last season.
In May, he turned out for Southern League Division One South club Willand Rovers, based in Cullompton near to his Devon side.

 

Former Yeovil Town midfielder Alex John is reportedly on trial at SPL side Dundee FC

According to “Not The Old Firm”, the 20-year-old is heading north of the border after leaving Huish Park at the end of the 2020/21 season.

John had attracted interest from Hull City, signing a loan deal in January 2020 before returning at the end of that season.

Injury prevented John from being a part of the squad throughout the following season.

The Wales Under 19 international failed to make any competitive appearances for the Glovers but was a regular in match-day squads and played in multiple friendlies.

All the best at Dundee, Alex.

 

Tom Whelan celebrates with Myles Hippolyte

Former Yeovil Town midfielder Tom Whelan has left Chesterfield by ‘mutal consent’ in something of a surprise move.

Whelan who played little over half a dozen games for the Glovers in 2019/20 moved onto W*ymouth before earning a move to big spending Chesterfield in December of 2020.

He scored the all important 2nd goal of a 3-0 win by Chesterfield over Yeovil when the sides met in March and was expected to be a key part of the Spireites promotion push this campaign.

Whelan took to social media to thank his former employers, it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up for this coming season.

Chesterfield boss, James Rowe has said how he couldnt guarantee Whelan enough games and that he would be better off finding more opportunities elsewhere.

Rowe told the Derbyshire Times: “Tom did well when he first came in but with the emergence of (another former Glover) Jack Clarke at the end of last season, we obviously can’t have three ‘number 10s’ in the building for one position, or potentially two if we play with two 10s, so Tom’s game time was going to be limited”

 

 

 

Former Yeovil Town midfielder Charlie Lee has signed for National League South side Billericay Town.

The 34-year-old left Huish Park at the end of his contract last month having made 32 appearances in the National League last season scoring three times.

He links up with Blues’ boss Kevin Watson, who was assistant manager for part of Lee’s time at Stevenage, and defender Ronnie Henry who he played with at Stevenage.

Lee will also be reunited with former Glovers’ goalkeeper Harry Palmer who joined Billericay in January following a three-month spell at Yeovil where he failed to make an appearance.

Billericay  have been under the ownership of a consortium of local businessmen since October 2019 when a takeover was completed to buy the club from flamboyant multi-millionaire Glenn Tamplin.

 

 

Brundle in action against Yeovil for Dagenham

National League side Barnet have continued a busy summer of activitiy with the signing of former Yeovil Town youngster, Mitch Brundle.

Brundle, who played for Dagenham during the 2020/21  season has signed for the Bees on a two-year deal.

Predominently a defender when in the youth system at Huish Park, the 26-year-old is now more known for his box-to-box play in midfield.

As far as we can tell, he never made a competitive appearance for the Glovers, but did take part in friendlies and was an unused substitute on a couple of occasions before his departure to Bristol City in 2013.

 

Picture Courtesy Of Mike Kunz

Former Yeovil Town ‘keeper Stuart Nelson is on trial at Bristol Rovers

The former Glovers’ Gloveman left Crawley Town at the end of the 2020/21 season and has been drafted in by Joey Barton as part of pre-season preparations.

Nelson, 39, played 45 minutes for Rovers in a friendly against Melksham Town and will be looking to earn a deal with Barton’s League Two side.

The former Brentford and Gillingham stopper played 40 times for Yeovil between February 2018 and 2020.

Former Yeovil Town defender Ryan Burke, who spent the early part of the 2020/21 season on loan at Huish Park from Birmingham City has signed for Mansfield Town.

Burke was released by the Blues at the end of the last campaign and he joins Nigel Clough at the Stags for the one-year deal.

Speaking to the official club website Clough said “we needed cover in the left back position, he’s aggressive, he’s got a lovely left foot”

Strangely adding “He’s not been out on loan before, which is unusual, but physically he’ll be able to cope”

Don’t worry Nige, we’ll keep you informed, he played four games for the Glovers, getting booked twice in October and November whilst being an unused sub on a number of other occasions.

Wolves have named their released and retained list after the upcoming season and on it is the name of a fomer Yeovil player who was tipped for a bright future.

Hong Wan, a former Captain of the Glovers Under 18s signed for Wolves in the summer of 2019 whilst the club were in something of a limbo inbetween managers and owners.

the 20-year-old has agreen to sign for Johor Southern Tigers of the Malaysian Super League, he never made a competitive first team appearance for either Wolves or Yeovil, but did represent both in friendlies, and in the case of Wolves in the EFL Trophy as part of the Under 23 set up.