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Forest Green land trio in signing frenzy

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Hot on the heels of landing Corey O’Keeffe and Armani Little, Forest Green boss Ian Burchnall has bolstered his squad with three new signings.

Burchnall has added teenage goalkeeper Alfie Burnett from Rotherham United, midfielder Kyle McAllister, joining the League Two champions from Scottish Premiership side St Mirren and David Davis, the experienced midfielder arriving from Shrewsbury Town

McAllister, 23, made his debut for the Scottish Premiership side in 2016 but left for Derby County in January 2017.

The Scot never featured in the Rams first team, however, and returned to Paisley two years later.

He played more than 100 times for St Mirren but spent part of last season on loan at Partick Thistle.

“We’re really delighted to add Kyle to our squad for the upcoming season. He’s a player with a lot of creative ability and can bring a lot of attacking elements to our game,” said Burchnall.

“He has some great versatility too, so it will give us the flexibility for how we want to play.”

Davis, 31, heads to The New Lawn after spending last season with fellow third-tier side Shrewsbury Town.

Born in Smethwick, Davis started his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers before heading to Birmingham City where he spent five years and made 182 league appearances in the Championship.

Davis then returned to Shrewsbury Town on a permanent deal in January 2021, where he had previously enjoyed a loan-spell ten years previously.

On making the move, Davis said: “I got injured towards the end of last season, so now to have the all-clear and be raring to go – I can’t wait to get started.”

Burchnall, added: “David is a player who brings lots of experience. He is a midfielder who can command the game physically and is a genuine leader on the pitch.

“It’s great to bring in a player of his quality and his knowledge will be crucial to the team this season.”

Burnett, 18, joined Rotherham’s academy two years ago and was yet to make his first-team debut for the League One club.

“Alfie is a great character and will really fit into our group of goalkeepers. We’re sure he’ll learn plenty from both Luke and Lewis this season,” said Forest Green head of goalkeeping Dan Connor.

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