We are delighted to announce that Mark Jones has made a double swoop this afternoon, welcoming striker Kabongo Tshimanga and defender Ben Jefford to the club.
Tshimanga joins City from National League North side Boston United where he scored 15 goals in 44 appearances last season. His last two strikes for the Pilgrims came against both promoted sides from the North as he helped his side to wins over Salford City and Harrogate Town.
The 20-year-old was previously at Milton Keynes Dons where he made six first team appearances, and also went out several times on loan including spells at Aldershot Town, Chelmsford City, Chesham United and Yeovil Town.
Jefford arrives at the club having spent last season at league rivals Welling United. The left-back was a regular in the Welling defence last season, making 31 appearances in total for the Wings in his third spell at the club.
The 23-year-old already has plenty of experience at National League level, having spent time at Sutton United, Woking, Forest Green Rovers in recent times before moving back to Welling United last season.
Mark Jones is delighted to be able to welcome the two players to the club:
"Kabongo Tshimanga was at Boston United last year, where he scored 15 goals, and was a scholar at MK Dons before that. He’s a player that we’ve been aware of for a while. When he was at MK Dons, big things were expected of him. He’s got good experience of this level and above [including] loan spells at Yeovil and Aldershot. He’s still a young player who is hungry to prove himself and we think he’ll give us good pace and energy in our forward line, so he’s a good signing for us.
Ben Jefford was at Welling last year, playing 30-odd games for them, so again he’s got good experience for the level. He’s started his career at Reading as an apprentice and then spent time at Forest Green where Rob Sinclair played with and spoke well of him. Ben is only 23 years of age, and is hungry to come in to help and improve us.
We’re pleased with these two signings. With Freddie Grant moving on, we needed somebody to play in that left side. Ben has got quality, technical ability, and he’s also a good character. With Kabongo we believe that he’s going to come in and help us improve with our goal tally. He’s hungry to score goals, and gets in good areas. They are both good players who we feel will make us better next season."
We can also announce that Connor Stevens will not be returning next season as the club were unable to agreed terms with the defender. We wish him all the best for the future.
Updated 21:27 - 1 Sep 2018 by Oxford City FC