AFC Rushden & Diamonds are thrilled to announce the signing of 30-year-old striker Jim Burnside from Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Real Bedford.
A prolific scorer in the United Counties League and Spartan South Midlands Leagues in recent years, Jim started scoring goals at Potton United but it was at Newport Pagnell Town where he really made his name. A goal-laden spell averaging close to a-goal-a-game over 3 seasons made him one of the most sought-after strikers in the local area.
Jim left Newport Pagnell in the summer, his final appearance coming at Wembley as the Swans lifted the FA Vase, beating Littlehampton Town 3-0 in the final.
Burnside continued scoring goals at Step 6 with Real Bedford in the early months of this season, but is keen to make the step up and test himself at a higher level. Manager Chris Nunn, who has watched Jim many times over recent years, had this to say: “Jim will be a pain in the backside to all the defenders that come up against him between now and the end of the season. He’s a physical presence, a real handful and he doesn’t stop working and running for the team. More than that though, he’s a natural goalscorer and those are hard to come by. I really like what we’ve got at the top end of the pitch now but we’re missing experience. Not any more! He’s desperate to be here and prove himself at this level, it’s that hunger and attitude that I’m looking for in all of the players I’m bringing to the football club.”
Subject to league approval, Jim Burnside is available for selection for Saturday’s Pitching In Southern League Premier Central fixture against Rushall Olympic at Hayden Road.
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