Jimmy Oates has been given the blessing of Hereford FC as he looks to secure a full-time contract with League Two side Exeter City.

The 27-year-old defender, who graduated from Hartpury College has become a staple of the Bulls team over the past three seasons and was the captain for last season’s Evo-Stik League Southern Premier winning campaign.

Oates played for Exeter City during their 3-1 win at Bideford AFC on Tuesday night.

Hereford manager Pete Beadle said that the trial came about ‘very quickly’ but he hoped that Oates might return for Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Sporting Khalsa.

“The three years he has been here has been here he has been fantastic,” said Beadle.

“At the moment we see it that he is away for a short spell and then hopefully he will be back for Saturday.

“We will wait and see what happens. It’s not a difficult situation, it’s just one that came about very quickly.

“It is a great time in his career to try and see if he can get a full-time contract in the game and everyone here at Edgar Street is willing him to do well.”

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