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James starts his fourth 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 fourth season with RCA, where he was joint highest goal scorer last season with 22 goals in all competitions. 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.
James begins his second season with the club after signing from Washington. 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 fourth 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. Voted committee player of the season last season.
Clayton in now into his fourth 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.
Jonathan begins his second season with RCA after signing from Shildon. 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.
Dylan has joined RCA after finishing last season at Easington Colliery. He was at Sunderland AFC from the age of 8 to 15, before joining Hartlepool United on a scholarship from the age of 16 to 19. Dylan has also had Northern League experience, spending two months at Bishop Auckland, and is already looking like an excellent signing for RCA.
Jake is a midfielder/forward who has represented England at u16, u17 and u18 level. He has also had spells with Middlebrough, Stockport County and Gateshead.
Craig is now into his second season at RCA having previously played for Dunston UTS and 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.
Adam is beginning a second season since signing from Washington. "Addsy" returns to SRCA after a couple of seasons at Washington and brings with him a wealth 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 starts his second season with the club after returning 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 competent, 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 third season with RCA after a brief spell at Washington 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.
Nathan has signed from neighbours Ryhope Colliery Welfare. Tall and good in the air, Nathan is capable of scoring all kinds of goals, from two yard tap-ins to 25 yard screamers.
Luke has signed for RCA after being at Easington Colliery last season. Luke is a strong tackling central midfielder who can quickly turn defence into attack.
Jack has joined RCA after being with Tow Law last season. Jack has previously played for Willington and was at Spennymoor Town as a junior. Will be pushing Neal for the number one shirt.
Ross begins his a second season with the club after returning from Washington. 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.
Luke is now into his fourth season with 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.
Greg starts his second season with RCA since signing from Washington and now captains the side. At 6'4" , Greg 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. Voted players' player of the season last season.
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 fourth season with RCA, Colin was last season's joint highest goal scorer with 22 goals in all competitions. He is the epitome of a professional, and 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. He leads by example on and off the pitch and his enthusiasm for the game is infectious and the younger players in the squad will continue to learn from Colin. Voted fans' player of the season last season.
After a couple of seasons playing in goal for us, Carl has returned to RCA as goalkeeping coach. With a heart as big as his build and considerable Northern League experience, Carl is a tremendous asset to the club.