Hungerford Town have announced the signing of vastly experienced midfielder James Harper.

The 35-year-old was born in Chelmsford and has most recently played for Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division side Hayes & Yeading United.

He started his youth career as a trainee with Arsenal before signing permanently for Reading for an undisclosed fee, it was said to be a six-figure fee at the end of February 2001.

He gained vital Premier League experience in his time in Berkshire, making more than 300 appearances in the English top-flight over the Royals two-season stay.

He left the Madejski Stadium in 2010 and played for Sheffield United, Hull City and Wycombe Wanderers on loan before signing for Doncaster in August 2012.

Further clubs include, Barnet, Basingstoke Town and Hayes & Yeading.

“We are pleased that James Harper will bring a quality and experience to the evolving Crusaders squad, strengthening the line-up as early as the home game against Poole Town on Saturday, 22nd of October,” commented manager Bobby Wilkinson.


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