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Former Luton Town, Dartford and Histon defender Danny Fitzsimons signs for Margate

By Mark Stokes

Nikki Bull has added to his Margate squad by signing another player he says is keen to re-build his career after suffering serious injury heartache.

Former Republic of Ireland Under-18 left-back Danny Fitzsimons arrives at Hartsdown Park having missed the whole of last season with a knee injury.

The former Luton Town man signed for Gate's Vanarama National League South rivals Dartford in June, 2015, but suffered a recurrent cruciate injury in pre-season which ruled him out for the entire campaign.

Danny Fitzsimons

Danny Fitzsimons

The player has spent the last seven or eight months getting himself fit at League 1 side Millwall and Gate boss Bull says the 24-year-old is raring to resume his career.

Bull added: "Danny gave up his own time to do his rehab and the people at Millwall have been super impressed by him.

"He's a young, wholehearted, committed player who likes a tackle and he's got that bit between his teeth to prove people wrong."

Fitzsimons had spells at Millwall and QPR as a youngster before joining Histon where his form caught the eye of Luton boss John Still, who signed him for the Hatters in June 2013.

He injured his knee soon after the move which restricted his opportunities and he had loan spells at Bishop's Stortford and Brackley before the League 2 club released him in May 2015.

Bull described Fitzsimons as a 'low risk high reward' signing and says the player looks to have come back stronger from his latest injury setback.

He said: "I think speaking to Danny that when he did his cruciate for the first time he was 20 and was desperate to get back and he rushed it a bit.  
 
"People were saying you won't be able to run for six weeks and he wanted to do it in three but this time he's followed his rehab to the letter and is raring to go."
 
Bull has now made 11 signings - including himself as back-up keeper- and he hopes to have added another defender to his squad within the next 24 hours.
 

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