We can today confirm that manager Neil Tooth has added three more players to his squad for the 2017/18 campaign.
The first player to join us is pacey winger Matt Dodd who arrives at Keys Park from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League rivals Stourbridge. Dodd came through the youth ranks at Sutton Coldfield Town before moving to the Conference North with Worcester City in 2008. Spells at Halesowen Town and Sutton for two and a half years followed, before switching to Leamington where he spent another two seasons, joining Stourbridge in 2015.
Tooth said: “I’m over the moon to be able to bring a player of Matt’s quality to the football club. I worked with him when I first joined Sutton Coldfield before he went on to Leamington, Worcester and then Stourbridge – developing into one of the most exciting wingers around.
“His pace and quality in the final third gives the squad we are putting together a whole new dimension and I’m sure Matt will become a fans’ favourite very quickly.”
The second new arrival sees a familiar face returning to the football club in the form of Alex Melbourne. The utility man arrives at Keys Park for a third spell having originally joined during the 2010/11 campaign. Melbourne returned ahead of the start of the 2012/13 season, helping to guide the club to promotion – playing over 100 games during the next two and a half years. The former Wolves man was most recently with Stafford Rangers.
Tooth added: “Again I’m delighted to bring Alex to the club as he is a player I’ve tried to sign on a number of occasions. Alex missed five months of last season due to a tear in his Achilles but he is now pain free and raring to go in pre-season.
“His versatility is something that stands out for me and being able to play well in a number of positions is a massive plus for us.”
Finally, we can now also confirm that defender Lewis Wright has opted to stay at Keys Park. After signing in June 2016, the right-back started last season in fine form before picking up an injury which saw him miss a good part of the middle part of the campaign – returning to the line-up for the last few weeks of the season.
Tooth said: “The final bit of news this week is that we can now confirm that Lewis Wright will be a Hednesford player again next season.
“Lewis had a number of options to leave, with interest from teams in the leagues above but after a number of conversations I’m very happy to say that he has agreed a deal to remain at the football club. I’m sure we will see him return in the form he had before his injury last season.”
A reminder that a ‘Meet the Manager’ evening will be held at Keys Park on Wednesday 28th June from 7pm.