Deadline day double swoop

Deadline day double swoop

Spennymoor Town have had a busy non-league transfer deadline day, pushing through loan deals for youngsters from Hartlepool United and Halifax Town before the 5pm cut-off.

Highly-rated and versatile midfielder Connor Smith joined Jason Ainsley’s side just before lunch time and was followed by Halifax Town’s natural left-sider Isaac Baldwin.

20-year-old Smith has played twice for Hartlepool this season and has some football league experience, having made 18 appearances over the last three seasons.  He is equally comfortable on either wing and can also play through the middle as a striker.

He was handed his first professional contract in 2015 after winning Youth Player of the Year the previous season.

Smith spent a month on loan with Whitby Town in the Northern Premier League earlier this season to boost his game time after recovering from an ankle injury which disrupted his start to the campaign.

Smith will be joined at Spennymoor by 19-year-old bright spark Isaac Baldwin.  The versatile youngster signed for Halifax in 2016 after impressing at Brighouse Town.  He’s yet to appear for Halifax’ first team and has spent time on loan with Ossett Albion this season.

Halifax have now decided he is ready for a test in a higher division with Spennymoor.

Tommy Miller, Assistant Manager, has spoken after completing the moves.  He said: “Connor comes highly rated from Pools, which you can see from his appearances with the first team.

“He’s pacey and direct and was very keen to come and show what he can do at Spennymoor, which we’re really happy about.  He’ll add some competition to the squad.

“Isaac is coming into an area where we don’t have enough cover and will be hoping to force his way into the first team.  He will fit straight in here and his versatility means he can play at left back, left midfield or even on the right.

“We’re pleased to have got the pair of them over the line because we needed some more bodies in the squad, we feel a little thin on the ground going into a tough period so the lads will strengthen us.”

The pair will bolster Spennymoor’s squad as they near the business end of the season and look to secure a play-off spot.  Their signings provide variety and depth following the end of Thomas White’s loan spell from Gateshead.  White returned to the Heed this week after his two-month stay at The Brewery Field.

Both players are in contention to feature against Halesowen Town this weekend.