Gloucester City Football Club is delighted to announce that Sam Avery and Ed Williams have both signed contracts to keep them at the club for the 2017/18 Vanarama National League South season.

Since becoming Tim Harris’ first signing of the 2014 transfer window, 28-year old Avery has shone for the Tigers and in 2015/16, he was voted as the Supporters and Players Player of the Season.

Despite missing the start of the 2016/17 campaign, Avery wasted no time picking up where he left off as he produced consistent performances on a weekly basis.

Now an experienced National League defender, manager Harris was delighted to retain Avery’s signature.

“Sam is a real fan-favourite at Gloucester City” he said.

“Naturally I am delighted that Sam has decided to stay at Gloucester City. He’s one of our own so to speak given how he came through our youth system as a young lad.

“In the three seasons he has been with us now, he has really come into his own and I don’t think there are many better centre backs out there at this level of football.”

Attacking midfielder Ed Williams has also committed his future to the club, signing a deal that sees him remain at the Tigers for the upcoming season.

During the 2016/17 National League North campaign, Williams contributed five goals to the Tigers, as well as numerous assists – perhaps the most memorable being a mazy run against Stockport County to tee up Zack Kotwica’s equaliser on the last day of the season.

The 21-year old was also selected to the England Universities side whilst at Hartpury College, and Harris is glad Williams has chosen to continue his development with the club.

“Everyone knows the quality that Ed Williams brings to this team” he said. “He’s got real ability and lots of potential, so I’m happy he will be staying with us for next season.

“Not only that, but he is a great character to have around the dressing room and I don’t think there’s a single supporter of Gloucester City who didn’t want him to return.”

Our current list of players retained for the 2017/18 season is as follows:

Keiran Thomas, Lewis Hall, Sam Avery, Spencer Hamilton, Chris Knowles, Joe Hanks, Tom Webb, Reece King, Zack Kotwica, Ethan Moore, Ed Williams

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