After spending pre-season with Chorley, and featuring in five friendlies, Josh Hine has agreed to return to the club on a permanent basis ahead of the 2018/19 season.

The Southport-based forward scored 50 times in two-and-a-half years during his first spell at Victory Park, including a brace at Buxton that secured the Northern Premier League title in April 2014.

“I’m glad to be back,” he told “I’ve got a lot of good memories from my first couple of years with the club. Obviously I went to Salford and after they went full-time I had to leave because of my job. Then I spent half a season with Warrington before going back to my hometown team.

“Unfortunately I only lasted three games before snapping my ankle, so it’s been a case of working my way back to fitness. Spending the last month or so with Chorley has been great and I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Manager Jamie Vermiglio is equally as positive when it comes to Hine’s return.

“He’s hungry, his stats are high, and he gives us different options,” he said. “He adds extra pace, power and strength to the squad, so it’s a no-brainer to get him back and give him the chance to prove himself.”


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