The Club are pleased to announce that Shane Hill and Luke Brown have signed for the Saints.
Shane Hill (pictured right) began his career as a trialist for Manchester United as a 16-year-old, but was not taken on by the superclub, and eventually found his way to non-league Hitchin Town, playing for them in the Southern Football League Premier Division, the seventh level of English football, in the 2004-2005 season.
Hill joined Sheffield United as a youth player on 25 August 2005, but was released at the end of the 2005-06 having never played a first team game for the Blades. He trialed with Luton Town during the summer of 2006, but was not offered a contract, and eventually signed for Rushden & Diamonds of the Football Conference on 4 January 2007. He was released by the Diamonds at the end of the season, again without having made a first team appearance for the club.
Shane moved to the United States in 2010 and was a pre-season trialist with FC Tampa Bay prior to their first competitive season in the USSF Division 2 Pro League. When his father was hired as the head coach of the club in 2011, Hill returned to the United States, trialed with the team during the 2011 pre-season, and signed a formal contract on 6 April 2011. He made his debut for Tampa on 31 May, coming on as a late substitute in a game against NSC Minnesota Stars.
Tampa Bay announced on 27 December 2011 that it declined the 2012 contract option for Hill. However, one month later the club signed him to a new contract for 2012 which includes a club option for 2013.
The son of former Luton Town legend and England international Ricky Hill, Shane brings quality and experience to the team both on and off the field and also a physical presence married with a cool head.
Also joining us is Striker Luke Brown, who joins us for the rest of the season. Luke is a natural finisher and having previously worked with Matt Clements, it is hoped he will add competition for a starting berth amongst our forward line
Both players are available for selection for tomorrow's home game with Basingstoke Town
Please join us in welcoming both Shane and Luke to the Club and we wish both players a successful stay with us