Aldershot Town have signed defender and Harvard University graduate Tim Schmoll until the end of the season, as reported by the BBC.
A tall 6 foot 6′ centre-back who can also play in midfield, 24-year-old Swiss international Schmoll played most recently with the New York Red Bulls II side in the United Soccer League – the American equivalent to the PL2.
With Garry Waddock’s men pushing for promotion back to the Football League and sitting just four points off National League leaders Macclesfield Town, defensive issues are perhaps most pressing with captain Callum Reynolds only just coming back in to the team at the weekend after an ankle injury.
Waddock made it clear in January that he would like to bring in another defender as cover, and Schmoll’s signing couldn’t come at a more important time with centre-back Will Evans sent off at the weekend for two bookable offences within the game’s first four minutes against Macclesfield.
Waddock bemoaned in January that ‘one minute everyone says you need a centre forward, then you need a wide player, then you need a central midfielder and then you need a centre-half’.
With this signing, Town get a player who is capable of fulfilling half of those requirements. Furthermore, with Schmoll coming in on non-contract terms Gary Waddock will bypass the league rule which allows only five loan players on their team sheet.
This is a no-brainer as signings go, and the Swiss import should give Town the resolve they need to climb back into the Football League after a six-year absence.