Squad Starts To Take Shape

Manager Rob Smith has this week made strides towards shaping his first team squad for next season with the arrival of three new faces.

Striker Kyle Perry arrives from Altrincham while midfield pair Tim Sanders and Tom France have both signed up for next season after an impressive campaign for Newcastle Town.

Perry arrives at the club for his second spell with the Pitmen having made one appearance right at the start of the 2006/07 season before departing Keys Park despite impressing in pre-season.

The big front man has since gone on to play in the Football League with Port Vale before being a regular goalscorer in the Conference Premier for both Tamworth and Altrincham.

Sanders meanwhile is another familiar face to those at Hednesford, having come through the Youth Team set-up at the club during the 2007/08 campaign.

After making his début in September 2007, the midfielder made four appearances before departing for Kidgsrove Athletic followed by spells at Leek Town and Newcastle.

Fellow Newcastle team-mate France is an exciting prospect, having impressed during Town’s 2014/15 campaign which saw them narrowly miss out on promotion via the play-offs from the Northern Premier League Division One South.

The winger will hopefully bring a different option to Rob Smith’s team as he looks to make his mark at Conference North level.

In the other direction, two long-term fixtures under the current manager’s regime have decided to move onto pastures new.

Goalkeeper Dan Crane was the first one to announce that he was departing the club after making 269 appearances over the course of the last five seasons.

Also departing is Captain Darren Campion, who has also decided that it is time to move on, having clocked up over 200 games for the Pitmen in a four and a half year stay.

Both players were instrumental in the success which the club has experienced in recent years and we would like to go on record to thank both players for their efforts during that period.

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