For­mer tri­al­ist Bing­ham makes dead­line-day move to add to op­tions

Gloucestershire Echo - - BRAIN TEASER -

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

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