Matlock Town have announced the signing of thirty-two-year-old striker Shaun Harrad on a one year deal.
Harrad began his career at Notts County, making 29 appearances and scoring one goal against Shrewsbury. He enjoyed loan spells out at Gresley Rovers and Tamworth, before being released in 2005.
He joined Burton Albion in 2005, gaining promotion with the club in 2009 to the Football League, scoring 16 goals in the promotion season. He was the club’s top scorer with 21 League Goals in the 2009/2010 season and scored his first career hat-trick against Rotherham United on 11 September 2010.
Harrad was part of the Brewers side then a Conference side in 2006 that held a Manchester United side containing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Gerard Pique to a 0-0 draw in the third round before losing at Old Trafford in the replay 5-0. Harrad currently holds the record for most goals scored in a single Football League season for the Brewers netting 21 in their maiden Football League campaign in 2009/10.
On 20 January 2011, Northampton Town signed Harrad for £35,000 on a two and a half-year contract, making eighteen appearances and scoring six goals.
On 31 August 2011, Bury signed Harrad for an undisclosed fee, on a three-year contract. Harrad joined Rotherham United on loan in February 2012, on an emergency loan deal, and scored three times for the Millers in his spell there. On 3 August 2012, Harrad was loaned to League Two club Cheltenham Town for the full 2012–13 season playing thirty-one times and scoring eight times. He then returned to Bury and had his contract cancelled on 16th January 2014.
On the 17th January 2014, Harrad joined Alfreton Town and scored seven goals in sixteen appearances for the Reds.
On 21 August 2014, Harrad signed a contract with Notts County, until January 2015. Harrad was loaned to Cheltenham Town on 26 February 2015 until the end of the season. At the end of the 2014–15 season, Harrad was released by Notts.
After a spell at Worcester City, On 11 January 2016 Harrad signed a contract with Torquay United until the end of the 2015/16 season.
On 26 July 2016, Harrad signed a 6-month contract with Wrexham scoring two goals in eighteen games. In January 2017, Wrexham manager Dean Keates decided against extending Harrad’s contract at the club and he was subsequently released. He rejoined Torquay United until the end of the 16/17 season scoring one goal in twelve appearances.
Harrad started for the Gladiators wearing the number nine shirt in the defeat to Chesterfield as well as the victory against Mansfield Town where he scored two goals and has set up his own coaching school based in Nottingham.