Hereford sign Hanley

Raheem Hanley has agreed to sign for Hereford after being trialled by the Edgar Street based club over the last few weeks.

Predominantly a left-sided player, Hanley, 25, saw his contract at Chorley expire at the end of last season.

Born in England he represented this country at U-19 level whilst at Blackburn Rovers, but has gained full international caps with Saint Kitts and Nevis as he has links there through his grandfather.

Hanley, was originally an academy player at Manchester United, before linking up with Blackburn in 2010. Whilst with Rovers he reached the FA Youth Cup Final and was offered a full professional contract in 2012.

Next came a move to Swansea City but he was unable to make a breakthrough, and as a result he signed a two-year contract with Northampton Town in June 2016 for whom he made five first team appearances. Halifax took him on loan during the 2017/18 season. His signing will add competition for places in the Hereford squad, especially in a potential left wing-back or winger role.

Hanley is pleased the deal has gone through, “I’ve loved playing at Edgar Street so far, the crowd have got proper involved when I’ve done certain things, they’ve really got behind us and it’s a nice feeling.

“I’m pacey, I like to get forward, like to get crosses into the box and hopefully get a few shots in as well. I knew a little bit about the club before I came, but as soon as I arrived I got a good feeling about the place. I’m really excited about the season starting.”

Speaking about the latest signing, Head Coach Marc Richards said: “He’s had a good upbringing with the likes of Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City. “He’s done well in the two games he’s played. He’s dynamic, quick, strong and has a really good left foot. He’ll give us some competition on the left-hand side of the pitch and we’re really excited by his arrival.”

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