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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.
Jak has signed from fellow Division One side Dunston UTS and plays in midfield.
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.
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.
Mark Davison needs no introduction for Northern League football fans. A strong and direct centre forward who can be relied upon to score with head and feet as well as setting up opportunities for others, Sparky is returning for his third spell with RCA. We are delighted to have him back. Mark's travels have taken him to Ryton, Washington, Spennymoor and Morpeth.
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.
Keith has signed from West Auckland and brings a wealth of goalkeeping experience to RCA. Keith is a vocal goalkeeper who is always looking to marshal the players in front of him.
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.
John had three seasons at Meadow Park after transferring from Team Northumbria, leaving us for two years at Bishop Auckland - and now he returns for his second spell at Maedow Park. JJ is Mr Reliable, a tenacious tackler who has a great engine and loves to overlap. He is well respected throughout the Northern League and has proved time and time again that he has the ability and the quality to play at this level and above. A likeable lad off the pitch, he is not to be trifled with on it.
Andy, a powerfully built goalkeeper, is on a Sunderland College Sports Scholarship, which he began in September 2017. From Tenerife, where he played in the Under 19 Spanish League for UD Los Zocas, Andy is originally from the Czech Republic.
Sam is a Ryhope lad who turns 19 in November 2018. He played for Middlesbrough up to the age of sixteen and then at Scunthorpe from 16-18. A strong centre half, Sam's key strengths are his passing and pace.
Dimitri, who is from the Phillipines, is on a Sunderland College Sports Scholarship, which he begun in October 2017. A lively winger who can also play the number 10 position, Dimitri played for Koya FC and the national Under 23s in the Phillipines.
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.
Dom, who has just returned to Sunderland from four years at Wolverhampton Wanderers has a strong footballing upbringing. He played for SAFC 7-9s, the Sunderland Sunday League for Nissan and from 13 to 14 was at Hartlepool, fitting in a trial at Manchester United. Dom can play striker, midfield and full back. His key strengths are his hard work and commitment to the team. Long term RCA fans will remember Dom attending RCA matches as a youngster, when his father Glenn played for us.
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.
Scott has signed from fellow Northern League Division One side Bishop Auckland, whom he had rejoined following a successful spell at South Shields, where he won the Northern League Division Two title. Previous clubs include Darlington and Newton Aycliffe.
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.
A graduate of Sunderland Academy and Foundation of Light, Alex, who has joined us from Seaham Red Star, where he played in the 2017-18 season, is a winger who can also play in the number 10 position. His key strength is running at defenders with the ball. Alex is a very exciting signing for RCA.
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.
Sam, from East Herrington, played for Middlesbrough, joining them as a 7 year old, before joining Sheffield Wednesday where he played for the Under16s and Under 17s. Sam, who is strong and pacy and who likes a tackle, is principally a centre half, but can play across the park.
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.
Mark has been a big supporter of RCA off the field and has now jumped over the fence to join the football management. After a bad knee injury put pay to his footballing career as a youngster, Mark, from Birtley, ran teams in the Gateshead and District Sunday League. Mark brings commitment, energy, enthusiasm and management experience to the organisation of the team.
"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.