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Ronson joins APSL's Rowdies


Midfielder Billy Ronson, who was told he would not be re-signed by the Blast, has signed a 30-day contract with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the American Professional Soccer League.

Ronson had a lengthy outdoor career in the English Football League, playing for Barnsley, Blackpool and Cardiff City, before joining the Blast of the Major Soccer League in February 1986.

Ronson, 35, had an off-season with the Blast in 1991-92 because of a knee injury that required surgery in late March. Though fully recovered, Ronson was not offered a contract for the coming season. Management cited his age and the team's desire to go with a younger squad as the reasons.

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