Billy Clifford has become Boreham Wood's third signing of a busy morning and their fourth since winning promotion to the National League.

The former Chelsea youngster can play at right back or in midfield and has been on trial with the Wood in pre-season, catching the eye of boss Ian Allinson.

“I knew very little of Billy Clifford until last week but his pedigree is clearly evident," said Allinson. "We invited him in to train, play a couple of games as I wanted to have a good look at him.

"I knew after the first training session that he was technically at another level but I needed to see if he was hungry and in truth he’s also been excellent in the games.

"So signing him was a no-brainer and sometimes players just need people to believe in them to rebuild their careers and with Billy Clifford we can help him get back on track very quickly."

After loan stints with Colchester United, Yeovil Town and Royal Antwerp during the 2013/14 campaign, the 22-year-old midfielder was released by the Premier League giants.

In August last year Clifford joined League One side Walsall after his contract at Stamford Bridge was terminated by mutual consent  in an attempt to earn regular first-team football.

However, after just 13 appearances for the Saddlers he was freed in January.

You can read more about the capture of Luke Howell by clicking here. For the full story on Charlie MacDonald's arrival at Meadow Park, click here.