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Ex-Wales keeper Garner is 'great character'

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: July 03, 2013

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WHILE the capture of strike duo Steve Davies and Lee Smith gives Cirencester Town an increased threat at the top of the team, no such formalities were needed to tie up an equally important signing.

Former Wales international goalkeeper Glyn Garner joined the Centurions midway through last season to fill what had become something of a problematic position.

The retirement of veteran former Gloucester City goalkeeper Matt Bath and the departure of another ex-Tiger Kevin Sawyer had left boss Brian Hughes with a gaping hole to fill.

So when Garner, a veteran of more than 300 professional appearance became available, Centurions boss Brian Hughes wasted little time in snapping him up.

And the 36-year-old, who made his Wales debut in the same match as one Gareth Bale first shone on the international stage, is back at the Corinium Stadium and ready for the new campaign.

No formal deals were needed to complete the signing, however, with Hughes saying the former Leyton Orient, Bury and Newport County had shaken hands on the matter.

"Glynn is something of a dying breed in that he's a good old-fashioned professional," Hughes said.

"He shook my hand with about seven or eight games to go last season and said he would love to come back for this season because he was enjoying it so much.

"He's been fantastic for us, he's a great bloke and a great character and he seems happy with the situation that we've got at the moment.

"It suits us both down to the ground, because he says he's happy to be with us and we're delighted to have a terrific, quality goalkeeper."

Garner arrived at the Corinium at the same time as ex-Slimbridge full-back Shayne Anson and reliable centre-half Leigh Henry and the three signings signalled an upturn in form.

With veteran centre-half Chris Holland also joining, Hughes is confident that he has a quality defensive unit to base his side's title tilt on this year.

"We have kept a solid back five together which was important and we've added a bit more quality and creativity at the front of the side," he said.

"Our problem will be the same as any other season when injuries and suspensions bite.

"If we can get our best XI on the field most weeks then I am confident we will be more than competitive.

"We always set off to challenge, but I am one of 22 managers who believes that at the start of the season.

"We want to develop a winning mentality throughout pre-season, starting with the Shrivenham game next Thursday and then the Cheltenham game, and if we work hard then who knows what will happen?"

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