Yeovil Town augmented their playing squad for the upcoming npower League One campaign yesterday by bringing two very experienced performers to Huish Park.
The Glovers have given two-year contracts to 33-year-old former Doncaster Rovers and Bournemouth striker James Hayter and 34-year-old former Bristol City and Aberdeen left-back Jamie McAllister.
Yeovil manager Gary Johnson was satisfied with his day's transfer business, and he revealed that there were more new recruits on the way. "Our squad is an excellent mix now of youth and experience, and I will be announcing a couple of younger exciting prospects on Monday," he told the Glovers' website. "We can get lots of work done with our new squad nice and early."
Hayter left Doncaster this summer, after five years with the South Yorkshire club. Born in Sandown on the Isle of Wight, he started his playing career at Bournemouth, with whom he spent 11 years as a professional.
Hayter scored 93 goals in 358 Football League games for the Cherries. A statistical highlight of his time with the Dorset club came in 2004, when he set the record for the fastest hat-trick in the League's history, grabbing three goals within 140 seconds after coming on as an 84th-minute substitute in the game in a 3-0 win over Wrexham.
The summer of 2007 was when Hayter made a £200,000 move to Doncaster, for whom he scored 34 goals in 165 League appearances. His most crucial goal for Rovers came at Wembley Stadium – where he struck the only goal in the 2008 League One play-off final win over Leeds United.
"We are very excited to have James join us, as he gives us fantastic experience and of course goalscoring prowess," Johnson added.
"His experience in the dressing room, along with that of Jamie McAllister, Gavin Williams and Richard Hinds, will be invaluable for our young players, knowing that these players have the experience of winning promotion from this division and are leaders both on and off the field."
Like Hayter, McAllister has come to the Somerset club as a free agent. The Glasgow-born defender was released at the end of the last season by Bristol City, with whom he spent the past six years. He made 186 League appearances for the Robins, scoring three goals.
McAllister began his professional career in 1996 with Dumfries-based club Queen of the South. Three years later, he moved on to Aberdeen, who secured his services for an initial fee of £85,000.
After four seasons with the Dons, he joined Livingston on a free transfer in 2003. He won his solitary Scotland cap in a 4-1 friendly win over Trinidad and Tobago in May 2004, before joining Heart of Midlothian later that year.
McAllister stayed in Edinburgh for two years before moving on again, to Bristol City. Johnson, the Glovers' boss, was the manager who took him to Ashton Gate, and now the two men have been reunited at Huish Park.