The Hednesford Town management team of Nicky Eaden and Gary Hayward have once again had a busy end to the week as they continue to shape their squad at Keys Park.
The Pitmen are delighted to announce the arrival of goalkeeper Kieran Preston from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League rivals Basford United.
Preston, 22, last night agreed a one month loan deal at Keys Park after finding first team opportunities limited in recent weeks.
The shot stopper, who was voted the number one goalkeeper in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League last season by his peers, began his career with Derby County before moving to Stafford Rangers, Bristol Rovers and Grantham Town whom he made a total of 56 appearances for last season before Basford paid a fee for his services.
Meanwhile departing Keys Park is fellow goalkeeper Mate Deczki who has returned to Stoke City after playing six times for the Pitmen after joining at the start of the year.
Following this news Eaden said:
“We’re really pleased to get Kieran in on loan and we’re hopeful that we can keep him until the end of the season.
“We felt that we needed to have a goalkeeper who was experienced at this level of football – something Kieran is. Mate has done quite well but looking at it we felt that he was just a little bit too young for this level.”
We can also confirm that central midfielder Josh Craddock and attacking midfield Osebi Abadaki have also departed the football club in the last 24 hours.
Eaden added: “It was a case of looking at it and feeling that we needed a bit more strength in that area, which we have added in recent weeks, and this leads to players inevitably leaving – especially as we don’t like to carry a huge squad of players.”
Everyone at Keys Park thanks all three players for their efforts while with the football club and we wish them well for the future.