Chelmsford City FC are delighted to announce the signing of Tyreke Johnson from Vanarama National League side Woking FC on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Johnson, 24, can play as a left winger but also in a deeper role as a left wing back. Tyreke came through the youth systems at Watford and Swindon Town before signing into the Southampton academy in 2014. Johnson remained at Southampton until 2021 and during his time with the Hampshire side, he had a loan spell with Woking in 2019, USA based Hartford Athletic in 2020 and a short stint at Gillingham in 2021 before signing permanently for the Gills. Following a 6 month spell in Kent, Tyreke made the switch to current club Woking in the summer of 2021. A month loan spell for Essex outfit Dagenham and Redbridge in October 2022 would follow before returning to Woking.

Manager Robbie Simpson spoke on the signing of Tyreke Johnson “For some time now we’ve been looking for a left footed winger who could come in and make us better. If you look at our wingers currently, as good as they are, they’re all right footed which naturally means their movements when they play on the left or the right are of a certain way and having a left footer gives us something different and better balance in certain situations.”

“Tyreke can play anywhere down the left, he’s played left back, left wing back and left wing but is predominantly a left winger. He’s fast and direct which is something which adds to our balance and our attacking options. He loves to get crosses in the box and that’ll help with us being able to score more goals.”

“With Ben and Frankie both being unavailable for the Essex Senior Cup and both being left sided players, bringing in Tyreke will also help to cater for that situation”

“We’re really delighted to have Tyreke and hopefully he can hit the ground running”

We look forward to welcoming Tyreke to the Melbourne Community Stadium and watching him play in a Claret shirt.

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