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Trundle: This transfer is not be-Neath me.

LEE TRUNDLE has lifted the lid on his surprise decision to snub English League football and sign for Neath.

The ambitious Welsh Premier League club have stunned their rivals by signing the former Swansea City hero along with Kristian O'Leary.

The double swoop has sent shock waves around Welsh football and 33-year-old Trundle, released by Bristol City, revealed: "The club showed a lot of ambition when I sat down and spoke to them.

"The things Neath said to me, the direction the club was moving and what they wanted to achieve appealed."

Trundle, who scored 78 goals in 146 appearances for the Swans, turned down a coaching role with them to continue playing and rejected an 11th hour bid from Blue Square Premier side Newport County who hoped his goal-scoring magic could fire them into the League.

Trundle, who has signed a three-year contract addded: "I know myself that I can still play in the League and score goals - that's never been an issue with me but I am now looking forward to the challenge with Neath."

Midfielder O'Leary, also 33, admitted: "It is an exciting move for me and more of a challenge I would have expected at this stage of my career. They showed their level of commitment with a three-year contract and by signing it I have shown my commitment.

"The ultimate goal for Neath is to win the League and get into Europe."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 18, 2010
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