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Striker Robinson goes to Redditch

Marvin Robinson
Marvin Robinson takes on David Beckham in his days at Pride Park

Redditch United manager Gary Whild has signed three players, but released a further two as he bids to keep the club in Blue Square North.

Whild's main signing is much-travelled striker Marvin Robinson, who has most recently been with Kettering following his release by Oxford a year ago.

"He's got a fantastic background with Derby in the Premiership," Whild told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"It reiterates that we're serious about retaining our status."

Robinson, 28, who started his career with Derby, has had a nomadic career over the last decade, but his record of 30 career goals from 82 starts suggests he knows where the back of the net is.

"It's great to get a player of his pedigree," said Whild.

Matt Clarke and Lee Downes have both been brilliant for Redditch and for me personally

Gary Whild

The Reds boss has also brought in two young players, who have arrived on loan from Football League clubs as Whild looks to breathe new life into a troubled season.

Defender Michael McKerr joins from Birmingham City, while left-sided midfielder Ryan Beswick has arrived from Leicester City.

Redditch's money problems this season have been well documented. And Whild is delighted to have been able to bring in such talented players.

"Michael is a right-sided defender who is a Northern Ireland Under-20 international," said Whild. "So I am sure he will do well for the club while he is with us.

"Ryan Beswick is held in high regard at Leicester so it will be interesting to see how the pair of them get on in the next few weeks."

On their way out of Valley Stadium are club captain Lee Downes and experienced defender Matt Clarke.

Gary Whild says the fact he has had to replace that level of experience with young loan players from league clubs is an illustration of the pressure on the playing budget.

"Matt and Lee have both been brilliant for Redditch and for me personally," he said. "I'd like to thank them for all the effort that they have put in, but unfortunately it's just a sign of the times and we have to move on."

Redditch return to Blue Square North action on Saturday when they host Droylsden at Valley Stadium (1500 GMT).

There will be coverage of that game as part of Sport on Saturday on BBC Hereford and Worcester (from 1400 GMT).

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