Thursday, 9 June 2011

New Signing Profile - Andy Welsh

The first good news of the summer came last Wednesday as the signing of Yeovil winger Andy Welsh was announced, the wideman penning a 2 year deal at Brunton Park with the Cumbrians beating off competition from League One rivals. Welsh's loss sounds like it will be keenly felt at Huish Park where he'd become a ynchpin of Terry Skiverton's side. I asked my contemporary at 'the seventy two' and 'Two Unfortunates', Yeovil blogger Ben Barrett to provide his thoughts on the newboy...

"Andy Welsh has announced he was leaving Yeovil Town for Carlisle United.

The Cumbrians can count themselves lucky to be getting a player of Andy’s quality, for free. Andy has proved to be a success on and off the pitch during his time in Somerset.

Yeovil’s loss is Carlisle’s gain.

Being one of the mainstays of the Glovers side for the last few years, Welshy has become one of the first names on the team sheet, his work ethic and ability to run and run… and run has proved a welcome addition to the side, following in the footsteps of Paul Warne and Marcus Stewart.

On the pitch, it is easy to say that someone can work hard, but if they haven’t got the talent to go alongside it. Andy definitely has it.

What struck me about him this season was his ability to deliver set pieces and put a ball on a centre back’s forehead from 20-yards away.

I haven’t seen a left peg quite as sweet in a while. Having balance in the side is vital, Andy added a vital left footed alternative to a strong right-sided squad.

A couple of Andy weaknesses were his lack of goals and his aerial ability, what makes his move slightly bitter to taste is that he had improved on both of these this season.

Welsh came out publicly and said his time at Yeovil had been good, but that his family would probably come first in deciding his future.

A new baby coincided with a chance to return close to his Manchester and Glasgow roots, something Yeovil fans believe was just too good to turn down.

Andy had options down south, but stated that if he was to remain in the south it would have been with Yeovil.

Carlisle have won the battle on destination and circumstances, when the respective contract offers may have been similar or even slightly in the Glovers favour.

For me, there is no question regarding the loyalty of Andy, it is quite clear that he enjoyed his time in Somerset but it was the right time to move on.

He packs his bags not just full of nappies, but with the well wishes of all the Yeovil fans.

… right time to find a replacement for his Number 11 shirt."

Effort and determination in spades?! Sounds like he'll fit in fine with GA's 'good, honest bunch'.

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