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Patterson Returns As Title Chase Hots Up

Hednesford Town manager Rob Smith has declared that the opportunity to sign Kyle Patterson from Blue Square Premier outfit Nuneaton Town for his team’s promotion run-in was too good to turn down and revealed the player actually contacted him about re-joining the Club he left in 2011.

The striker was a vital part of the Pitmen team of 2010/11 who came so close to promotion from the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division and scored 14 goals in 22 games to become the leading light in attack alongside Danny Quinn and Marvin Robinson.

Patterson scored numerous important goals during that season including a last minute screamer away at Swindon Supermarine and the opening goal in the play-off semi -final win against Leamington and manager Rob Smith is delighted that he has secured the signing of a player who was very keen to return to Keys Park.

‘I have kept in contact with Kyle ever since he left but the reason behind him returning is that he phoned me and said he would like to come here because he hasn’t really enjoyed his football since leaving us.

Obviously we have a blessing of good strikers, but when someone of Kyle’s ability comes along, we would be fools to turn it down. He has something to his play that we do not have up top and has raw pace too. On top of that there were plenty of clubs after him but he wanted to come here.

Sometimes players are happy at a club, and I know Kyle was happy with us and this showed in his performances. He is coming back to a club whose fans love him and his manager loves him. Numerous teammates from two seasons ago are still here and he is a very popular lad.’

Sam Craven has joined relegation strugglers Eastwood Town to accommodate Patterson in the squad and Smith is confident that the signing will be a success with the ex-Tamworth player going straight into Saturday’s squad for the clash with Blyth Spartans.

‘Sam needs games but we will monitor his situation and could get him back for the run in. But we now basically have better options as Kyle can play up front, behind the strikers or in midfield.’

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