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Above from left: David Kolodynski, Barry Fitzharris and Caine Elliott have all committed to Rugby until May 2023
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
Last Updated 3.00pm

Baz, Caine & Kolo Agree Valley Deals

Caine Elliott, Barry Fitzharris and David Kolodynski have all reached agreements with Rugby Town to keep them at Butlin Road until May 2023.

These three latest contract announcements follow the deals for Luke English, Keenah Rosser, Ash Bodycote, Dan Summerfield and Edwin Ahenkorah which were confirmed last month.

With seven games of the current campaign still to play out, Rugby Town boss Carl Adams explained that the club are already planning for next time round after three further players agreed contracts for the 2022/23 term.

"We're looking to avoid the situation we've experienced in past years, when the squad has not been quite right going into a new season.

"This has seen us drop far too many points in the first couple of months of it, and therefore left us playing catch up pretty much from the off."

"We want to go into pre-season with a guaranteed core of players that we know and can trust, and the latest additions make it eight in total that have signed contracts now.

"I am looking to add one - or maybe two - more to that from within, and have got some specific targets lined-up from elsewhere once the season is over - so that we can hopefully really hit the ground running come August.

"It also means that we have already let go players that we don't feel are part of next year's plans, and we thank them for their contributions at the club and wish them well elsewhere."

20-year-old midfielder Caine Elliott re-signed for the first team in August 2021 from Stratford Town.

Academy-graduate Elliott originally signed for the first team in July 2019 after impressing during pre-season.

Caine's energy and workrate was very impressive in the Rugby midfield and after the Covid-interrupted he left to join Stratford.

During both spells with the club Caine has topped the club's Star Man awards and scored his first hat-trick in the FA Vase at Coventry Copsewood in September 2021.

Barry Fitzharris, 29, signed for Rugby in July 2021 having played under Valley boss Carl Adams in his Stratford Town days back in 2016 but was most recently with Coleshill Town after a spell with Bedworth.

Fitzharris scored on his debut in a 1-1 draw against Lutterworth Town at Butlin Road and showed his versatility throughout the season playing in defence and midfield.

33-year-old striker David Kolodynski is top of the club's most appearances and goals tables during his previous three spells with the club after coming through the club's youth system.

David has added another 23 goals to take his record tally to 247 goals in 449 appearances to date for Rugby Town after making his debut in 2006.

The striker made his name in the 2008/9 season in the Southern League Premier as he finished as the league's top scorer with 26 league goals, after progressing through the youth ranks at Town making his debut as a substitute towards the end of the 2005/06 season.

Kolo netted his first hat-trick for the club away to Merthyr in November 2008 and then repeated the feat against Clevedon Town in the next game - a landmark achievement.

David struggled with injury during a torrid 09/10 season but still managed nine leagues goals before joining Cambridge City in June 2010 which preceeded spells with Hinckley United and Leamington before returning to Rugby in October 2012 from Bedworth United after over two seasons away from Butlin Road.

Kolodynski netted 35 goals in the 2012/3 season on his return and became the club's record Southern League goalscorer in October 2013 before breaking more records in the 2013/4 season tipping over the 100 league goal mark and becoming the club's all-time senior record scorer after with a 39-goal season.

After a clinical second spell with Valley which saw 94 goals in just over two full seasons from October 2012, David moved to division rivals Kettering in November 2014 where he went on to win the league title.

Kolo re-joined Rugby for a third spell at Butlin Road in May 2015 and added another 62 league goals in his three seasons with the club.



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