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Silverbacks sign first new player of 2012 roster
Silverbacks sign first new player of 2012 roster

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed a veteran defender, making him the first new face to be added to the 2012 roster.

Martyn Lancaster is no stranger to Atlanta -- he played for the Silverbacks in 2007 and 2008, when the team was still part of the United Soccer Leagues. Last season, he competed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he was voted Player of the Year.

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"It's a great opportunity for us to bring in Martyn, who just finished a season as one of the key leaders on a team that went to the NASL championship game," said Silverbacks director of soccer Rodrigo Rios. "He is reliable and has good abilities, and I think he will help improve our defense tremendously."

Lancaster began his career in his home country of England, playing for Chester City Football Club from 1998 to 2003. He played for a variety of English clubs from 2004 to 2006 before coming to the United States to play professionally for the Wilmington (N.C.) Hammerheads.

After his first stint in Atlanta, the now-Cartersville resident returned to Europe, playing for teams in Scotland and Sweden.

Rios expects Lancaster's experience and leadership to enhance the SIlverbacks' backline -- at 31, the new defender is a valuable asset to a lineup with an average age of 23.

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