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Tony on the move again

Filed: Monday, 5th October 2015
By: Staff Writer

Former West Ham youngster Tony Stokes is on the move again having joined Ryman League side Canvey Island.

Stokes, 28, has made the switch from fellow islanders Concord Rangers - with whom he has been since 2010 - to join the Gulls.

"I'm impressed with the squad that Danny [Heale] has put together this season and I'm looking forward to being a part of it," he told the club's website.

"I know a lot of the squad from playing with or against them over the years and work with John Easterford, who has said lots of good things about the club. I'm 28 years old and in the prime of my playing career, and after nearly joining in the summer I can't wait to start playing and scoring goals for Canvey."

The London-born Stokes grew up alongside current Hammers captain Mark Noble but left West Ham in 2009 after four years as a pro to join Hungarian side Ujpest FC (along with Ashley Miller, who joined the Gulls in 2012).

He returned to England a year later after agreeing a mutual termination of his two-year contract, having failed to settle in Budapest. And bar a brief spell with his new club Canvey in 2013, Stoked has remained at Concord ever since.

Stokes has made the switch from fellow islanders Concord

Canvey manager Danny Heale added: "Tony is a proven goalscorer at this league and at the level above, so I'm really excited to have been able to bring him to Canvey.

"Things are going well here at the moment and I feel that bringing in somebody with Tony's ability will help to build on the positive atmosphere around the club."

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