Bermudan strikers Tevahn Tyrell and David Jones have both signed contracts at Ilkeston FC for the 2016/17 season.
The duo have each featured for the first team this season, Jones having scored once having made his debut in February and Tyrell having marked his league debut with a goal against Rushall Olympic last weekend.
The news was announced just a day after it emerged head coach Andy Watson had left eh club. You can read more about that HERE
Both players told the official Ilkeston FC website they were delighted to have signed full-time deals.
Tyrell said: “Signing a pro contract is a big accomplishment in my life and I have to thank everybody who’s ever helped me on my way towards this.
“My friends and family back in Bermuda see this as the first step of me becoming the another Nahki Wells or Shaun Goater and I’m just trying to do my best because the sky’s the limit.
“I’m really thankful to the club for having faith in me and see that I can move forward to become a better player. I just need to put my head down and work hard, being a pro footballer is what I’ve been dreaming of and this is the first step in the right direction.
“My first goal has given me a lot of confidence, it showed me that I can play and score at this level. I felt comfortable and treated it as just any other game.”
Jones, who scored his only Robins goal so far in the League Cup semi-final at Scarborough Athletic, added: “I knew Jahquil Hill when we were both at Mansfield Town, so I’d heard about the links that IIkeston FC had with Bermuda and when I was looking as to what my next move would be, Ilkeston seemed a good place to be.
“I knew Tevahn from back home and then Paul Douglas came over as well, I knew this was the right place for me and I fitted right in.
“It feels like a family here, usually when you go to a new club you’re the only Bermudan there and it can sometimes be hard to get integrated with the team, but here it was so easy.
“I’ve been working so hard since I came to England and to finally get that chance felt so good.
“My first goal really eased the pressure I put on myself, I kept thinking that I need to score and I was kind of getting stressed about it, thinking that I have to prove myself to the manager and the fans, so when I got the goal at Scarborough, it was a big relief.
“I’m going back to Bermuda for the summer and it’s nice to be able to relax on the beach, knowing that I have next season sorted out.
“I can’t relax too much though, myself and Tevahn have to be back in training after a couple of weeks as we have an Under 20s World Cup qualifying group to play, hopefully we’ll make the squad for that.”