KICK-OFF: Harley revved up to make a mark
BLUEBIRDS new-boy Harley Purnell thinks that he has a little bit extra to prove at Chippenham Town as his non-league career continues its steady ascent.
The midfielder became Nathan Rudge’s first summer signing when he joined Chippenham from Yate Town in June and the former Mangotsfield United man is looking forward to life in the Calor League Premier Division.
Purnell caught the eye of Richard Fey throughout the course of last season and the 24-year-old revealed that he came close to following the now- departed Chippenham assistant to Bridgwater Town before Rudge intervened.
“I knew that Rich Fey was interested last year and because he’d left and gone to Bridgwater, I thought that Chippenham was gone,” said Purnell.
“I spoke to Feyer and was about to sign for Bridgwater but I met up with Rudgey to find out a bit about here, had a couple of days to think about it, and then decided to sign.
“Rich was fine though and I knew the number two at Bridgwater, Geraint Bater, too. But here, I know Tom (Knighton) and Joe (McClennan) and used to play with them for Mangotsfield and Yate.
“The main factor was that it was a league above. There’s more travelling but the crowds are bigger and the pitches are better.
"Everyone’s had a trial at a pro club before but I started right at the bottom.
“I used to play for a team called Cutter’s Friday in the Somerset County League and then Phil Bater picked me up and took me to Mangotsfield and then I’ve been gradually climbing from there.
“When people come out of academies they always seem to think that this is easier but for me, it’s always been harder so it makes you try more and put the effort it.”
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