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James starts his third season at the club, having previously played for Spennymoor Town FC after being released by Sunderland AFC and Hull City. James is a versatile player who can play in both midfield and defence, he has good vision and awareness and his defence splitting passes and freekicks are a joy to watch.
Neal has signed from local football after being on Martin's wanted list for some time. He is a tall keeper who commands his area well, is a great shot stopper and has good distribution skills, he is always looking to turn defence into attack and will be a terrific asset to the team.
John has signed from Washington FC, his previous clubs include Ryhope CW and Bishop Auckland. John is a big strong forward who has scored goals wherever he has played. A natural goalscorer he has great awareness around the box which makes him a handful for defenders.
Stephen starts his third season with the club, renewing his partnership with "Larks." Stephen is a pacy player who is equally at home on either wing or played up front as a striker. Strong and powerful, he has great touch and control on the ball and possesses a terrific shot which will see him produce his fair share of goalscoring opportunities.
Josh has signed from South Shields, returning to the club after spending a number of seasons at Washington before moving to South Shields in the close season. Josh is a commanding presence in the six yard box and a great shot stopper. He is amongst the top six keepers in the Northern League and is held in high regard at SRCA.
James joins us from Washington where he played last season. He is a pacy winger who is equally comfortable on either wing. He is another who likes to attack defenders and creates goalscoring chances for his team mates.
Michael is another player who is starting his third season at the club. He is well liked by the fans because he makes things happen on the pitch. He is a fast tricky winger who likes to run at defenders. Very direct in his play he also possesses the ability to cross the ball at pace into the danger area. 100% energy enables him to help out in defence as well. A true all rounder.
.Nathan, who has been with Ryhope CW and Washington, plays in centre midfield or as a central defender. As well his strength, tackling and heading, Nathan's Cruyff turn is one of his key skills.
Clayton starts his second season at the club. He is an exciting, speedy winger / defender who loves to take on defenders. Clayton is also a great crosser of the ball and chips in with the odd goal. He is one of those rare breed of players who always has a smile on his face. Previous clubs include Washington, Hebburn and Ryhope CW.
Jonnie has been signed from Shildon during the close season. A naturally gifted midfielder he possesses a vast repertoire of passes, is good in the tackle and is powerful in the air. He has played extensively in the Northern league and higher his former clubs include Hebburn, RCW, Durham, Darlington and Shildon.
Kieran joined us last season on load from Sunderland AFC, where he was part of the Modern Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence Scheme at the Academy. After his release from the Academy he signed for the coming season. Kieran is predominantly a right winger but is equally comfortable playing off the front man. Towards the end of last season he showed that his pace, close control and energy constantly caused problems for Northern League defences.
Lee is a youngster who has spent some time at Morpeth training. Hailing from Ireland he is only seventeen, he played in a number of pre-season friendlies and did well in both defence and midfield. He might need a season to adjust to senior football.
Jordan returns for his second season at the club. The amount of injuries this lad suffered last season would put most players off but here he is back for more and he will be pushing for the No 1 jersey. He is a tall keeper who commands his area well, distributes the ball to good effect and can easily turn defence into attack. For a tall keeper he is very agile and is a great shot stopper.
Craig joins us after spending last season at Dunston, he was previously at Bishop Auckland. He can play as a central defender or in the centre of midfield and he is equally effective in either role. He reads the game well, is good in the air, loves a tackle and has the vision to pick out attacking passes quickly.
Joseph starts his third season with RCA, last seasons leading scorer his tally would have been more if he had remained injury free. His direct approach to the game and his pace make him a handful for defenders. He has scored goals at every level he has played at.
Kieron has signed from Bishop Auckland. He is a local lad who has loads of pace and good crossing ability. Will have a lot of pressure put on him by the committee who still rate his dad as one of the best players to wear a RCA shirt.
Adam McGuinness has signed from Washington, "Addsy" returns to SRCA after a couple of season's at Washington and brings with him awealth of experience at this level. A natural left footer he is able to play anywhere in the back four. He is good in the air and is talented on the deck, he also has the ability to cross the ball ether from open play or freekicks.
Ross returned to RCA last season from Billingham Synthonia. A left sided player Ross has developed into a very good full back who is equally at home playing in the centre of defence. Defensively he is very conpetent, loves to get forward in support of his midfield and has a great range of passing. Injury free he is a great asset to the squad.
Reece begins his second season at the club. He is Mr Consistency playing in almost ever game last season. He is capable of turning defence into attack with his range of passing and rarely misplaces a ball. He also has the ability to take control of a game and always looks composed. He was at Sunderland Academy from 2011 to 2013 before joining Gateshead after his release.
Ross has signed from Washington FC where he spent last season, picking up joint player of the season. He returns to Meadow Park to reunite his partnership with "Swanna". Ross is a powerful centre back who is good in the air, is a good distributer of the ball and has the ability to read the game and make it look easy, he is cool under pressure and is rated very highly at SRCA. Welcome back Ross.
This will be Luke's third season at the club. A Sunderland lad, he thrives on the challenges of the first division. He is a strong tackling defender who possesses good positional sense and is able to read the game well. He is always looking to support his midfield colleagues.
Mark joins us after spending some time in the Wearside League. He is a hard working box to box midfielder. Skillful in possession, he is also strong in the tackle. He is ready, in his own words, to make the step up. The manager rates this player as a one to watch for the future and by all accounts a number of clubs are watching him.
Greg has signed for RCA from Washington, another player who has been on Martin's wanted list since he became manager at RCA. Greg is 6'4" and is a powerful, imposing, no nonsense, old school central defender. As expected, he is good in the air but he is also deceptively good on the ground with great awareness of situations as they develop. Greg will be a great asset to the team.
Sunderland RCA's manager Martin has a wealth of Northern League experience both as a player and as a manager. He managed the very successful Ryhope Colliery Welfare team who in Season 2010-11 won all four competitions in the Wearside League. Repeating the feat the following year and also clinching promotion for RCW to the Northern League Division 2. He has also managed Bishop Auckland for a short time last season. He is passionate about his football especially in the local area and instills a sense of belief in his players.
Martin Swales has appointed Steven Stewart as his assistant for the coming season. Steven is no stranger to Meadow Park and has extensive Northern League experience as a player, having also played for Washington, Bedlington, Nissan, Durham, Chester-le-Street, Benfield and Blyth Spartans. He is now looking to move into the management side and sees SRCA as the ideal place to start, he is familiar with the set up off the pitch and his vast experience and knowledge of players at this level will be an invaluable asset to Martin.
"Gee" returns to the club that he played at for a number of seasons. He was also a member of the very successful Easington CW FC team which reached the first round proper of the FA Cup. A speedy winger with tricky feet and a great cross. (If only he was five years younger - Ha Ha). Has been assistant to Swaz for a number of years now and complements the manager's playing style with his own flair. Rarely see him without a smile on his face.
Now into his third season with RCA, Colin is the epitome of a professional. His influence is seen throughout the team. Colin's previous clubs include West Auckland, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kidderminster Harriers (loan), Alfreton Town, Chesterfield, Northampton, Hartlepool, Lincoln City, Harrogate Town and Gateshead. Colin has a wealth of experience at a much higher level and is a proven goalscorer which was proven during our FA Vase run last season. He leads by example on and off the pitch. His enthusiasm for the game is infectious and the younger players in the squad will continue to learn from Colin.