Striker Arrives at Keys Park

Manager Paul Casey has moved to bolster his attacking options at Keys Park with the arrival of striker Vinny Mukendi.

The 6’7” striker joins Hednesford Town from National League side North Ferriby United, whom he joined in the summer after making the switch from Oxford City.

Mukendi, who has represented the Democratic Republic of Congo at Under 19 level, began his career with Macclesfield Town in 2008, gaining experience at a number of non-league clubs – including Barrow and Southport – over the course of the last eight years.

The 24-year-old will be registered in time for the trip to local rivals Stafford Rangers on Boxing Day.

Following the signing of Mukendi, manager Paul Casey had this to say:

“It has certainly been a topsy-turvy four weeks, and a real eye opener for me as a manager. Going forward now, I want to have a settled team, especially with a busy Christmas and New Year period coming up. The quickness of these games gives us the chance to pick up a number of points. If we can play well then results should follow and the efforts that we have made to get players into the club will be rewarded.

“The play-offs are still very much there for us following a month of hard work both on and off the pitch and seeing the whole squad having to be restructured mid-season. One thing I would say is that I believe the final ten games of the season will determine our play-off chances.

“The team that sits in the play-offs positions all season, specifically around fifth spot, usually ends up falling off towards the end of the campaign, while there is always a team that will put a run together, stay in contention and then use that momentum in the play-offs. I always say that it doesn’t matter if you are in the play-offs in December and January; it is where you are in April that matters.

“We are slowly settling down and starting to have somewhat of a steady ship – something that you need in order to get over the line.

 

“Finally, I’d like to wish every Hednesford Town supporter a very Merry Christmas from myself, the management team and squad of players here at Keys Park.”

Vinny Mukendi

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