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Roberts moves North to join 'ambitious' Moors

Striker James Roberts is the latest Spennymoor Town recruit after joining Moors from fellow National League North side Hereford.

Roberts, 22, has spent the majority of his career playing in the South, but after speaking to manager Jason Ainsley, has decided to relocate from his native Buckinghamshire.

After signing his contract, Roberts said: “The vision and ambition of the club are massive to me. When I first came down to the ground you could see the work going into the pitch, and that’s a big factor for me.

“Jason has got really good intentions for the club and he has been very honest with me from the start.

“After looking at all my options this summer, it was clear to me that this was the best fit and the best place for me.”

After spending his youth career at Wycombe Wanderers, Roberts moved to Oxford United where he signed his first professional contract before breaking into the first team, both at the age of 18.

The front man capped a superb debut for Oxford by scoring twice at Grimsby Town in November 2014 during a First Round FA Cup tie.

“The experience at Oxford has been really helpful for me. I played with a lot of experienced pro’s like Brian Howard, Alfie Potter and Jake Wright, and they helped me through that first day at Grimsby in particular.

“I feel like the pressures of playing at that level will set me apart from others who haven’t had those sorts of experiences.”

After a tough spell in his career, Roberts went in search of regular football and spent time on loan at Chester, Oxford City twice, Barnet, Stalybridge and Guiseley.

“It was a frustrating period if I am honest. It will be nice to settle down in a part of the country that I already thoroughly love. I am really looking forward to getting going.

“Hopefully I can add to the goal scorers already at the club. As many as Glen Taylor scored last season, it’s always useful to have someone else chipping in.

“I will be the first to admit that my goal scoring record hasn’t been the best whilst out on loan.

“However, when I actually start games my record is very good, and hopefully that’s something I can give to the fans, management team and most importantly, the players.”

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