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Keeper and defender sign after impressive trial spells

26 July 2016

Gareth Ainsworth has made his sixth and seventh signings of the summer with a double swoop to tie down two trialists on permanent contracts.

Goalkeeper Scott Brown and defender Will De Havilland have put pen to paper on two-year deals to keep them at Adams Park following successful trial periods throughout pre-season.

The search for a goalkeeper concludes with the captures of 31-year-old Brown, who made his name during a nine-year stay with Cheltenham Town, playing almost 300 times for the Robins before switching to Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen in 2014. He kept eight successive clean sheets during an impressive run in the side north of the border, but left the club at the end of his contract in May.

21-year-old De Havilland left Sheffield Wednesday in the summer, where he had spent two years since joining from Millwall’s academy. The centre-back – who can also play at right-back – has previous loan experience with Histon and Cambridge City,

Ainsworth said: “Taking the lads on trial has given us the opportunity to have a good look at them and I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen. They came highly recommended and they’ve produced a very high standard in training and in matches so far.

“It’s no secret that we were on the lookout for a keeper and I’m sure Scott will play a big part in continuing the defensive resilience that we’ve built up over the last two years. He has terrific experience at this level, and in the top flight in Scottish football, and he’s an important acquisition for us.

“Will is a young lad near the start of his career and where he’s lacking in first-team experience, he’s got all the attributes to be a success and I’m sure he can compete with the likes of Aaron Pierre and Anthony Stewart for a place in the starting line-up because he’s been excellent throughout his trial.

“The first part of our summer recruitment was to bring more pace, creativity and goals into the squad, which I’m confident we have done with the acquisitions of Dayle Southwell, Myles Weston, Paris Cowan-Hall, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Nick Freeman.

“Next we wanted to bring in a goalkeeper and defensive cover and I’m really pleased with the two signings we’ve been able to make today.

“The squad is in great shape – possibly the best I’ve known in my time here – and we’ve got some excellent characters, a fantastic team spirit and a real hunger to give everything for each other. I’m excited about seeing what they can deliver on the pitch over the next nine months.”

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