Former trialist Bingham makes deadline-day move to add to options
CHELTENHAM Town clinched a transfer deadline day deal for forward Rakish Bingham.
The 25-year-old has signed on a contract until the end of the season, subject to international clearance, having left Scottish Premier League side Hamilton Academical last Wednesday.
Earlier in the day manager Michael Duff said it was ‘highly unlikely’ there would be any more additions to his squad but he managed to bring in Bingham before the 11pm deadline.
A former trialist at the Jonny-rocks Stadium, he becomes the Robins’ fifth recruit of the January transfer window, following Jordan Tillson’s loan from Exeter City on Tuesday and the previous arrivals of Cameron Pring, Billy Waters and Charlie Raglan.
A natural finisher who likes to run with the ball and in behind opposition defences, he has struck 16 goals in all competitions in the last two-and-a-half years over the border with Hamilton, including strikes against the likes of Celtic and Hearts.
Previously he started his career with Wigan Athletic where he was loaned out to the Scottish Championship with Falkirk before returning to England to make a permanent move to Mansfield Town where he worked with current Robins head of recruitment Micky Moore.
He would go onto have a brief loan at Hartlepool United, where he found the net in a 2-0 January 2015 win over Cheltenham, and then signed for the Pools permanently.
After a season-long stay he returned to Scotland in the summer of 2016, signing for Hamilton.
Rakish Bingham during his 2014 trial