Gifton returns to Stoke - sort of

Last updated : 08 January 2009 By Tony Scholes
Gifton Noel-Williams
Gifton returned to England this year and signed for Millwall on a short term deal before being shipped out to Yeovil on loan. He had played just the one game for the Lions and went on to play eight games for Yeovil, the last of which was their 3-2 away win at Swindon on the Saturday before Christmas.

However, he's a free agent again and has today signed for the Aztex on a two year deal which will start in February when they return for pre-season training. The Aztex, managed by former Burnley boss Adrian Heath, are the only franchise in Austin and are owned by Stoke City director Phil Rawlins. They also have an official association with the Potteries club.

Rawlins said of Gifton's signing: "I expect him to be a 'franchise' player for us and to make a significant contribution to our team's development.

"Gifton has 10 years experience playing at the very highest level in both England and Spain and that experience and leadership will be invaluable to us both on and off the field. I am absolutely delighted that he has agreed to join us."

Gifton is very much looking forward to it and said on agreeing the move: "I am very happy about this move. It comes at the right time for me in my career. I am still only 28 and have my best years ahead of me as a striker.

"The chance to join head coach Adrian Heath and Phil in Austin is an opportunity I couldn't pass up. It's very exciting to be in at the beginning of something new, where I feel I can make a big contribution."