Gloucester City Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of striker Edji Mbunga.

Mbunga, 19, is a former Birmingham City forward who has been on trial with the Tigers for pre-season and has impressed with his lightning pace and finishing ability.

The striker, who lives in Gloucester and started his career as part of our youth system, says he is pleased to be back and can’t wait to get the season underway.

“I started my career here when I was 11 years old and now I’m back eight years later it’s a great feeling” said Mbunga.

“Personally I can’t wait to show the fans of Gloucester City what I can do, they’ve seen glimpses in pre-season but I think there’s a lot more to come and now I just want the season to get going.”

Despite being one of the quickest players on the team, Mbunga was quick to dispel any notions that he is a ‘one-trick pony’.

“Yes I’m pretty quick but personally I think my best quality is that I’m a real team player” he said.

“If I can’t score the goals I’m always looking at ways in which I can help my teammates score so we get the win which is the most important thing.”

Tigers manager Tim Harris has been casting his eye over Mbunga for a while and noted how pleasing it was to secure the strikers signature.

“He came in to us around last Christmas but he had an opportunity to go over to Sweden which he took, but now he’s back I’m pleased to have him on board for the new season.

“He’s worked really hard in pre-season, he has a great turn of pace, he knows where the back of the net is and a big plus is he lives in Gloucester so it ticks a lot of boxes for us.

“I’m delighted he’s signed a contract with us and we are hoping that he can help us get towards where we want to be, which is in the right half of the table.”

Harris also said he remains hopeful of signing Eliot Richards before the season kicks off on the 5th August.

“Eliot is another one who has come and fit in really well but it’s a little bit difficult with him due to some personal circumstances so it’s not as straightforward as you might think.

“I’m reasonably hopeful that we can add him to the squad but there are things outside of football that will dictate if he signs for Gloucester City or not.”

Harris’ Tigers side face Newport County in pre-season tomorrow, Saturday 22 July, at Evesham United’s Jubilee Stadium – kick-off 15:00.

Admission prices are £10 Adults, £5 Concessions and £1 Children Under 16.

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