Stoner's arrival for a second loan spell in January 2007 came as
a surprise to most City fans, partly as the left flank didn't seem
an obvious priority for strengthening and also because it was a
shock Forest Green were willing to part with the youngster after
he seemed to have broken into the Conference squad. Has made some
real impact for the Nailsworth side as they fight relegation from
non-league's top flight and now City fans will be hoping the gritty
left-winger can do the same in our own survival battle.
The arrival of Paul Stonehouse will be very welcome after a previous
loan spell last season added some much needed pace and verve to
City's left flank. Long rated by many local scouts the former Forest
Green youth teamer impressed at Southern League standard in spells
on loan at Yate Town and Cinderford Town before getting a chance
to play first team football with the Tigers. His impressive man
of the match debut at Merthyr suggested Stonehouse would do well
for the side and he went on to become a steady presence in the side.
His greater defensive strength sometimes saw him booked for heavy
challenges but made a vital contribution to part of the best defensive
run in the club's recent history that helped carry us away from
the drop by April 2006.