STAR CLAPTON FC DEFENDER SIGNS FOR RYMAN CLUB

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Clapton favourite Hussain Jaffa is back in the Ryman North

Clapton’s defensive colossus Hussain Jaffa has taken a step up a league by signing for Thurrock.

Jaffa was an unused substitute for the Essex side’s 1-0 win in the Ryman North at Thamesmead on Tuesday night.

It is understood he holds dual registration so he could still turn out for the Tons if not required for Thurrock.

A fans’ favourite in the Wood/Day era, he returned to Clapton in the summer having played in Ryman North with Redbridge last season.

So far Jaffa’s been ever-present this season, making 19 appearances, scoring once and has captained the team three times.

He has proved a defensive rock – as well as a spelling challenge with his first name variously spelt Hussainou, Hussain and Hassan.

Thurrock are managed by Plaistow-born Mark Stimson, the former Newcastle and Portsmouth player who previously took Grays to the Conference and two FA Trophy finals.

The Fleet are currently mid-table but are well-fancied to make a promotion challenge, having reached the play-off finals two seasons in a row.

Their goalkeeper Connor Wheatley is also registered with the Tons, and kept a clean sheet on his one and only appearance at Wesr Essex.

As we revealed earlier this week, other Clapton players are believed to be weighing up offers elsewhere as the team stumbles for form under new manager Jonny Fowell.

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