Spennymoor Town Manager Jason Ainsley has signaled his delight as the club kicked off its summer recruitment with a double swoop for attackers Ryan Hall and David Foley.
22-year-old Hall has signed from National League North side Curzon Ashton on a two-year deal, where he scored nine goals from the right wing. Hall was followed by fellow forward Foley, who was the star of South Shields’ FA Vase final at Wembley in May.
30-year-old Foley shot to fame in 2009 when he fired a world class goal to help Hartlepool beat Stoke in an FA Cup giant killing. He remains the youngest player ever to play for Pools’ first team.
The double capture has thrilled Ainsley. He said: “We are delighted to announce the arrival of Ryan and David.
“Ryan is someone I’ve kept an eye on ever since we played against Brighouse, through to his progression at Curzon Ashton, where he was exceptional last season.
“He can play in a number of attacking positions and brings great pace and energy to the team, which will be invaluable this season.
“David has had a fantastic season, scoring 35 goals including two in the FA Vase final. His pace will cause problems to any defence no matter what league it is and the fact he can play in several attacking positions is a real bonus.
“We wish both lads all the best for the season ahead and hope to see them become great successes with Spennymoor.”
Both players are versatile enough to be deployed across the front line, giving Ainsley the option to widen the team’s shape and play with wingers or stay narrow with a diamond as he did regularly during last season’s successful promotion campaign.
The Moors boss has given an insight into what he’s looking for out of his summer recruitment as Chief Executive Bradley Groves prepares more significant investment in the squad, with several more signings expected to be completed this week.
Ainsley said: “We felt that real pace was something missing from last season and we have hopefully addressed that issue with two top signings. Ryan has experience in this division and David was keen to play in a higher league, which proved a major factor in helping us prize him away from his home town club, where he is a legend.”
Similarly, securing Hall’s services has already proved a coup for Moors after beating a host of other National League and Football League clubs, including Premier League Burnley, to his signature. The Huddersfield-based youngster started his career with Brighouse Town and soon became a big hit after scoring 25 goals in his first season. He went on to make 175 appearances and score 65 goals for the Tangerines and, after winning Player of the Year in 2016, he earned a move to Curzon Ashton last summer.
He said: “I’m delighted to sign for Spennymoor. They’ve been on one hell of a journey so far and it’s an exciting time for the club this season in the National League North.
“After meeting with Jason, Tommy and Alan I got a great feeling about the place and after a few days of thinking I felt it was the right place for me.”
Hall will also be joining Spennymoor stars Glen Taylor and Shane Henry at the Jamie Vardy Academy in June this year and benefiting from some top-class training and coaching before joining up with Moors for the new season.
Foley has played in the USA, much like current Moors stars Mark Anderson and Joe Tait, and actually played in the same Fort Lauderdale Strikers squad as Anderson in 2014. He flew out the Caribbean to spend two years with Puerto Rico Islanders after parting ways with Hartlepool United, where he made 101 league appearances. Arguably his biggest moment was this super strike against Stoke. He then spent a season with Fort Lauderdale before returning to his hometown to join South Shields in 2015, where his blistering record reads 49 goals in 87 appearances.
He said: “I’m over the moon to sign with Spennymoor as the club enters a very strong league next season. The step up in standard was a huge draw for me and they are a club who have also come such a long way in a short time.
“I want to be part of the next phase of development and to hopefully be involved in taking it to a new level. I was pleased to hear how keen Jay and Brad were to sign me and, after chatting to them, I was very impressed with the club’s plans for the future. I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
“I also know quite a few of the players already here and realise it’s a strong squad. I can’t wait to be a part of it and get started!”
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