All-around midfielder joins the Clarets


Chelmsford City is delighted to announce that midfielder Devonte Aransibia has agreed terms with the club, after leaving Southern Premier League Central outfit Royston Town.

Devonte, 23, came through the academy at Norwich City, but then had a loan spell in the Vanarama National League South with Billericay Town during the 2018-19 season, during which time he appeared home and away against Chelmsford City.

Aransibia scored once in 9 appearances for Billericay in the league, that goal being a strike in a 2-0 away win at Eastbourne Borough.

After several appearances for Norwich’s U23 side, Devonte moved on to Isthmian Premier side Kingstonian, and then moved on to another Isthmian Premier outfit in the shape of Potters Bar.

After performing well for the Scholars, Devonte moved on to Royston for the latter part of last season and impressed for the Crows, scoring 5 goals in 9 appearances.

The midfielder is also following in the footsteps of his father, Andy, who briefly played for the Clarets during the 2004/05 season when we were ground-sharing with Billericay.

Devonte spoke to www.chelmsfordcityfc.com, “The move came about when Adam Drew
[Chelmsford City Head of Recruitment] contacted me and explained how he had seen me play for Potters Bar and Royston and he loved watching me play so he kept an eye out for me.

“I’m a box-to-box midfielder who loves to drive with the ball and go forward at all times if possible. I’m also very good at the defensive side of things, working hard and putting in tackles. I’ve got a very good eye for goal as I scored 10 times last season.

“During my loan at Billericay, I felt that I learnt a lot playing at this level and adapting to this type of football. Now I have a good understanding of it and I will add something big to this squad.

“My spells at Royston and Potters Bar last season helped to regain my confidence to play at the higher levels as I’ve always felt I can play in this league and much higher which is what I want to do so you’ll see me give my all for the club.

“I’m really excited to be joining the club, it seems like a wonderful club and all the backroom staff have really welcomed me already so I’m looking forward to working my hardest and giving my all for this team.”

Manager Robbie Simpson commented upon his new player, “Devonte is a player with tremendous ability, and we see him as an all around midfielder. He can play as a 4, an 8 or a 10 due to his athleticism and footballing intelligence. Also, when we saw him play for Potters Bar he also played in the wide areas and did really well there.

“He’s got loads of great attributes to his game; athleticism, power, toughness and the ability to score goals as well. He’s got a really bright future and we’re lucky to bring him to the club as there was a lot of interest in his signature given his performances last season.

“We’re looking forward to working with Devonte and we think it’s another really good signing for us.”

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