RYAN HALL is confident Merstham have what it take to push for promotion from the Isthmian League Premier Division this season – but the former Crystal Palace, Southend and Leeds United forward hopes he will be watching the celebrations from the sidelines.

After starting his career at Palace, Hall has been in and out of the Football League during the past 11 years, with spells at Southend, Leeds, Sheffield United, Rotherham, Notts County and Luton, broken up with two spells at Bromley.

He was released by the Hatters in July 2016, to then join Bromley for the third time in March 2017 but has now teamed up with his old Ravens’ manager Hayden Bird and his younger brother Reece Hall at Merstham.

“My brother plays for Merstham and I’m also really good friends with the gaffer. I was with him at Bromley, and I’ve always kept in contact with him,” Hall, 29, explained.

“I like the football that the gaffer plays and the boys are great. It’s a new team that he’s put together and the results haven’t gone our way, they haven’t been as good as we would have liked, but I’m sure we can turn that around.”

And while Hall hopes to help Merstham on their way to promotion from the Isthmian League Premier Division, the south Londoner hopes his goals might have caught the eye of a Football League club by then.

“I’m trying to get myself back in the Football League and the gaffer [Bird] said he would help me do it,” Hall said. “So far I’ve scored four penalties and two from open play – six in six league games.”

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