Goalkeeper Marek Stech is back at Yeovil Town on a full-time basis, after signing a two-year deal with the npower League One club.
The Glovers yesterday confirmed the capture of the 22-year-old Czech Republic custodian, who had a loan spell at Huish Park last season.
Prague-born Stech, who has been capped by the Czech Republic at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level, made five appearances for Yeovil after being borrowed from West Ham United last October.
The Hammers, who signed Stech from Sparta Prague in 2006, released the 6ft 3in goalkeeper last month, following their promotion to the Barclays Premier League, and Yeovil acted quickly to bring him back to Somerset.
Stech, who has also had loan spells with Wycombe Wanderers, AFC Bournemouth and Leyton Orient, made three competitive first-team appearances in his time with West Ham – all of which were in the Carling Cup.
Yeovil manager Gary Johnson told the Glovers’ website: “I’m sure all the people who saw Marek in his previous stint with the club will be very happy he has come back.
“He looks the part, he’s a good goalkeeper, and a lot of clubs in the Czech Republic wanted him when West Ham ended up getting him.
“He enjoyed his time here last season, and he believes Yeovil ticks all the boxes for him. At his age, he needs to be a number one goalie, for the sake of his career.”
Johnson was not working for Yeovil when Stech was with Town last term, but he has taken advice from his coaching staff. He added: “I listened to Terry [Skiverton] and Darren [Way], and they told he was a fantastic goalie for the club last year, and now he’s going to be ours for a couple of years.”
Non-League club Lowestoft Town have issued a threat to report Yeovil Town to the Football Association, after claiming that the Glovers have broken an agreement to send a first XI to Suffolk this summer for a friendly against the Ryman League side.
The Trawler Boys have said that the agreement was made when Yeovil signed defender Curtis Haynes-Brown from Lowestoft a year ago. They have also said that the Glovers’ subsequent offer to send a youth team was unacceptable.