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Stafford Rangers boss brings in three new signings ahead of crucial basement clash

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

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STAFFORD Rangers' new boss Graham Heathcote was a busy man today after completing the loan signing of an experienced midfielder and two other players.

Ahead of Saturday's basement clash at home to winless Droylsden (3pm), Heathcote has captured former Altrincham and Swansea City midfielder Ian Craney on loan until the end of the season.

The much-travelled player, who had no less than five spells with Accrington Stanley and has also played for England C team, joins from Stockport County.

Also arriving at Marston Road is striker Matthew Berkeley, who lives in Stafford, and young goalkeeper Matthew Johnson, the brother of Port Vale keeper Sam Johnson, who was a former loan player with Rangers.

Berkeley has also played for Heathcote's former club Altrincham and has played in the Welsh Premier League.

On the departure front, Heathcote has released keeper Adam Alcock, striker Jake Healy and left-sided player Louie Harris.

Second bottom Rangers are looking to chalk up their first Evo-Stik Premier league double of the season against basement outfit Droylsden, who have yet to register a league success this campaign.

In the current league standings, Rangers have a 15 point advantage over Droylsden, but the Boro are a similar margin away from safety, therefore a win is a must for Heathcote's charges on Saturday.

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