We are delighted to announce that we have re-signed forward Joe Parker following his release from Newport County on contract. \r\n\r\nParker, 20, started his career at Gloucester City, coming through our youth network before breaking into the first team.\r\n\r\nHoning his skills at Hartpury College during his first spell with the Tigers, Joe attracted the attention of several clubs after scoring a 19 minute hat-trick in a 7-0 FA Cup Qualifying match victory over Yate Town in 2012/13.\r\n\r\nHe eventually signed for Newport County, a deal orchestrated by current Tigers boss Tim Harris during his time at the Welsh club.\r\n\r\nSpeaking about the signing, Harris said: “Joe has a lot talent, quick and a good eye for a goal. After finding regular football tough last season he really does want the opportunity to play regularly.”\r\n\r\nHarris continued: “Adding Joe to our strike force will provide excellent competition for places and he will have the platform to push on again to fulfil his true potential.”\r\n\r\nJoe made 53 appearances for the Tigers, before sealing a move to Newport where he found his opportunities limited and was eventually released having made only 4 appearances for County.\r\n\r\nOffering his thoughts on returning to his boyhood club, Parker said: “It’s great to back at a club that means so much to me. I cannot wait to come back and hit the ground running with Gloucester and have a successful season.”\r\n\r\nRecalling his time at Newport, Parker said: “I’ve learnt so much through my time there and of course I am grateful for the experience. However now is time for a new chapter and a second one with City and I’ve no doubt that I have made the right decision.”\r\n\r\nOur first pre-season game is away to Fairford on Saturday 11th July, 3pm kick-off and season tickets are available to purchase on our website www.gloucestercityafc.com

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