Tommy Johnson joins Rocester...


Following several weeks of speculation, Rocester's search for an experienced striker has finally resulted in them capturing the signature of the much-travelled Tommy Johnson. (Pictured playing for Derby County during the early 1990s.)


A Geordie by birth, 35-year old Johnson has graced the forward lines of top-flight clubs like Aston Villa, Everton and Celtic, as well as a string of other clubs including Derby County, Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday and Kilmarnock.


Last season he had a brief spell on loan at Nationwide Conference club Tamworth, but his 17-year professional career came to an end when he was released by Scunthorpe United in May.


Tommy's signing represents a major coup for the Romans; he has been courted by the likes of Hinckley United and Ilkeston Town in recent weeks but finally put pen to paper after training last Thursday.


Romans fans will have to wait a few weeks yet to see Johnson in action as he is not expected to be available until the end of September or early in October.



Career details:
Club From To Fee Apps Goals
Notts County 1989 1992 Trainee 149 57
Derby County 1992 1995 1.3m 129 41
Aston Villa 1995 1997 1.45m 69 16
Celtic 1997 2001 2.3m 50 23
Everton 1999 1999 Loan 3 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2001 2001 Free 9 3
Kilmarnock 2001 2002 Free 12 7
Gillingham 2002 2005 Free 56 9
Sheffield United 2005 2005 Free 1 0
Scunthorpe United 2005 2006 Free 19 3

Four more signings...

Apart from signing Tommy Johnson, Manager Damian Grocott was busy adding a further four faces to his squad last week.

Strikers Eddie Steer and Mark Hodson, 17-year old midfielder Rory Maxwell, who made his debut as a substitute in Saturday's F.A. Vase win at Blidworth Welfare, and goalkeeper Steve Harris have also joined the fold.