Curley Signs New Deal – Two New Faces Arrive

Squad Movements

Hednesford Town Football Club can confirm that defender Matt Curley has agreed a new deal for the 2018/19 campaign – with manager Rob Smith also bolstering his squad with the signing of Sam Griffiths and Josh Craddock on non-contract deals from Stafford Rangers.

Curley became a fans’ favourite after arriving at the club in the autumn of 2017 – being an almost ever present during the last campaign as he played in both full-back roles, leading to Smith moving quickly to secure the services of the defender for the forthcoming season.

Meanwhile the manager has also this week been able to able to add a defensive option in Griffiths and midfielder Craddock to his squad.

Griffiths – who plays predominantly at right-back – will also offer versatility with him being able to play at centre-half. The 25-year-old began his career with Wolves, moving to Brentford in 2012 and spending time on trial with the Pitmen in the summer of 2014 before linking up with Rangers.

Craddock, 27, meanwhile returns for a third spell at Keys Park with him previously having helped the Pitmen into the play-offs at this level in 2010. After returning to the club in 2015 he then moved on to Stafford – where he become an instrumental part of their team, captaining the side last season.

Following today’s news Smith said:

“I am delighted to have signed all three players. Matt was one of the real bright sparks from last season, he improved with every game – this despite playing out of position. If he continues to improve we will have difficulty keeping hold of him.

“Sam has been a regular for Stafford for the past three seasons and brings strength, athleticism, and experience at this level. You know what you get from Sam week in week out and he will be an excellent addition.

“Josh’s signing will prove massive for the football club. When he was with us before he had plenty of personal issues, but he is in a very good place now, and his performances for Stafford have been first class. He is a leader in every way and that is why Neil Kitching made him his captain.”

 

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