The deal taking striker Jordan Hulme from Altrincham to AFC Fylde is ‘a good one for the football club’ says Alty director of football Rob Esteva.

It was announced late on Friday that the former Salford City player was leaving the National League newcomers after three years and two promotions with the club. Although a drop back down to the National League North, the soon-to-be-30-year-old felt he couldn’t pass up the chance to go full-time.

Esteva explained: “I’ll kick off by wishing Jord all the very best at Fylde. Nobody – other than the odd referee perhaps! – in and around the club has a bad word to say against him.

“He came in at a difficult time and played a key role on and off the pitch for the club. This deal has been in the making since earlier in the week, so while the timing of Friday night seems bizarre, that was out of our control.

“None of us wanted this to come out on a Friday evening, but the standard protocol these days is to agree the media release with the other party, and the buying team typically get priority. Ultimately though, the deal is a good one for the football club and a good one for Jordan, who made it clear to us, in our talks with him, that it was something he had to do and he wanted to leave.”

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