2012/13 Signings and TransfersPAUL JONES, GOALKEEPER
The former Peterborough goalkeeper joined Reds towards the end of May and officially joined on July 1st 2012 signing a two-year deal with the club. He was former manager Sean O'Driscoll's first signing. Paul started his career at Leyton Orient before joining his former youth-team boss Alex Inglethorpe when he took over at Conference side Exeter City. Paul became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty at Wembley in the 2007 Conference play-off final before keeping a clean sheet in the final 12 months later as Exeter returned to the Football League. Paul made 158 appearances for Exeter before joining Posh in January 2011 and establishing himself as first choice at London Road.
NICKY ADAMS, MIDFIELDER
Nicky Adams became O'Driscoll's second signing as he joined midway through June 2012 from recently relegated Rochdale. The 25-year-old began his career with Bury, making 77 appearances for the club and scoring 14 goals before joining Leicester City in 2008 for £100,000. He also made five appearances for Wales Under-21s, making his debut against France in November 2007. Nicky made 30 appearances for Leicester during his two years at the club, where he was also loaned out to Rochdale and Leyton Orient. After a brief spell with Brentford he joined Dale on a permanent basis in January 2011 and has been a regular since then.
MAT SADLER, DEFENDER
Mat Sadler joined on the same day as Nicky Adams after his contract with Walsall expired at the end of the 2011/12 season. Mat made 46 appearances for Walsall last season so has plenty of League 1 experience. He also scored the first goal of his ten-year career, and was named the club's player of the season. Brummie Mat started his career with Birmingham City where he made over 50 appearances including Premier League games before joining Watford in 2008 for £750,000. He spent three years at Vicarage Road, making 30 appearances, while also spending time on loan at Stockport County, Northampton and Shrewsbury Town in a career now totalling more than 200 games. He also represented England at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level. He joined Walsall on a free in June 2011 and quickly established himself as a key member of the first-team squad last season.
MARK CONNOLLY, DEFENDER
Mark was O'Driscoll's fourth and final signing in his brief tenure at Reds signing at the start of July. The 20-year-old defender has joined Reds on a two-year contract after he was released by Bolton Wanderers at the end of last season. Mark, who has seven Republic of Ireland under-21 caps and was also captain of his country's youth team, began his career in England with Wolves in 2006 and such was his reputation at youth level that Bolton paid £1m for his services three years later. Mark made one appearance for Bolton and captained their reserve team. He had loan spells with Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone and Macclesfield, whom he played seven games for last season and appeared against Reds in the 2-2 draw at Moss Rose last March.
SHAUN COOPER, MIDFIELDER
Having spent seven seasons with AFC Bournemouth, Shaun felt the time was right for a change. The versatile defender or midfielder played 240 games for the south-coast side during his spell with the club, including 31 appearances in the 2011/12 season. Shaun began his career at Portsmouth, making seven appearances during his five year stint with the club. He was loaned out to Leyton Orient for the 2003-04 season and made nine appearances as well as playing nine games for Kidderminster Harriers in 2004. Shaun moved to the Broadfield on a free transfer on July 26 2012 and played his first game since signing in the 2-1 win vs. Three Bridges. He had previously played on trial in the 1-0 defeat to Woking.