23rd Nov, 2017

Bromsgrove Sporting boss Smith on the hunt for new strikers as Malley departs for Yeltz

Craig Gibbons 25th Aug, 2017

BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Paul Smith is hopeful of bringing in some new strikers after summer signing Wade Malley departed for Halesowen Town.

Last season’s top scorer for Racing Club Warwick joined the Rouslers in June and enjoyed a fruitful pre-season as well as scoring on his competitive debut against Rocester in an FA Cup tie at the start of August.

But having impressed in a Sporting shirt, the 23-year-old accepted a move to the Yeltz, who ply their trade in the Northern Premier Division, on Monday.

With the striker departing just a day before the club’s Midland League Premier Division clash with Stourport Swifts, Smith had to act fast to find some replacements.

Stafford Rangers’ Richard Gregory and Redditch United’s Danico Johnson both signed as dual registration players and were involved in Tuesday’s 3-1 win.

Whilst it remains to be seen whether Smith can secure a permanent deal for Johnson, Reds manager Darren Byfield said the striker’s midweek appearance was mutually beneficial for both sides and revealed the situation could be revisited.

With youngster Alfie Bloomer moving to Alcester Town and Chrisi Conway set for a lengthy spell out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Smith has also put in a seven-day approach for Highgate United’s Ricardo Richards.

“Wade is a lovely lad and I have so much time for him,” he said.

“I hope it works out for him at Halesowen but if it doesn’t then I would welcome him back with open arms.

“Gregory is by far Stafford’s best striker and we have him on a dual registration so I’m unsure how often he will play for us but I’m hopeful he will available over the Bank Holiday weekend.

“We have an issue with Johnson because he’s required by Redditch this weekend but I am hopeful of getting something sorted after then.

“I have also put in approach for Richards who is a big strong striker and fingers crossed we can get that over the line in time for Saturday.”

Sporting face a tough Bank Holiday schedule as they travel to Coventry Sphinx tomorrow (Saturday) before playing host to Highgate on Monday.

Jack Wilson, Duane Courtney and Reece Hewitt are set to return to the squad while Jason Cowley (groin) remains the only absentee.

“We have got two very tough games against two very experienced sides,” Smith said.

“It has already showed that at this level you have to play well to win games.

“We have done that so far in our opening two league games and it’s important we keep that level of performance to have a great chance of winning our next two fixtures.”

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