New man in between the sticks

There will be a new man in between the sticks for the Clarets next season as Rod Stringer has signed Braintree Town stopper Sam Beasant.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed a strong career to date. As a youth player, he played for Olympiakos Nicosia in Cyprus before joining the Glenn Hoddle academy to help players find a route into professional football.

In 2011 he joined Maidenhead before moving to Woking the following season before a short spell with Billericay Town. In 2013 he returned to Woking where he was first choice keeper for their 2013-14 campaign.

An impressive season earned Beasant a move to Stevenage in 2014, before moving on to Cambridge the year after. At the start of the 2016-17 season he joined Braintree Town in the National League and featured regularly as they were relegated from non-league’s top flight.

The move means that Ross Fitzsimons has left the club, with the unofficial word being that last season’s keeper left it too long to request a contract, leading to the club signing Beasant instead.

The Chelmsford squad is now nearing competition, with another striker expected to arrive in the coming weeks and potentially one or two more departures likely.

City’s pre-season starts on Tuesday night with a trip to Saffron Walden, giving the Clarets faithful their first chance to see their new squad in action.