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Notts complete double swoop

1 August 2019

Successful trialists Dion Kelly-Evans and Damien McCrory have been handed contracts by Notts County.

After impressing during pre-season, the pair have both been rewarded with permanent deals and will hope to make their competitive debuts when the Vanarama National League campaign kicks off this Saturday.

Though he more commonly operates at left back, fans will have seen McCrory feature three times in the centre of Notts' defence during pre-season - against Walsall, Ipswich and York.

And the Irishman says he enjoyed his time on trial and is now looking to kick on after agreeing terms.

"I'm happy to get it done and hopefully bring success to the club," he said. "As soon as I came here I was well aware of how good Notts County is and felt something is ready to happen here.

"It's been great to come in and build my fitness and get game time. The gaffer was good enough to give me minutes in matches and the way he ran things kept appealing to me more and more.

"The lads have made me feel welcome as well and I can't wait to hit the ground running and get results for the club."

McCrory was most recently on the books at Burton Albion, where he made over 200 appearances during his seven-year spell at the Pirelli Stadium.

The 29-year-old came through the ranks at Plymouth and had loan spells with Port Vale (twice) and Grimsby, before joining Dagenham and Redbrige in February 2010.

McCrory made 86 appearances for the Daggers before heading to Burton, with a loan at Portsmouth for the first half of 2017-18 completing his CV.

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Kelly-Evans, meanwhile, operates on the opposite side of the defence and came through Coventry's youth system.

He made his professional debut for the Sky Blues in May 2016 and spent a further two seasons in their senior squad, before joining Kettering Town.

And the right back thinks his spell with the Poppies stands him in good stead for the upcoming National League campaign.

"I loved my time at Kettering as it was a good learning curve for me," explained Kelly-Evans. "Academy football is nice and comfortable but non-league is physical and aggressive.

"I've learned a lot about myself that I can bring to Notts this season and I've been given an opportunity that I'm looking to grasp now.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have earned a contract. Coming in on trial can go two ways and I've grafted to show the gaffer what I'm about and it feels very good to be rewarded for my hard work."

The 22-year-old was heavily involved in Notts' pre-season fixtures, featuring five times and lining up against his twin brother, Devon, at Nuneaton Borough in the opener.

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