Hebburn Town have signed defender Dan Groves from Shildon AFC.
Groves, an experienced defender, has been brought into the squad by manager Scott Oliver to bolster his defensive options after Rhys Williams moved to Ebac Northern League Division 2 side Washington FC and last seasons club player of the year Jack Donaghy has been ruled out for two months after a freak injury to his hand/arm in an incident outside of football.
Groves started his career with Darlington and made 16 appearances during their stint in League Two before leaving the club after their relegation out of the Football League to join Blyth Spartans, where he made 53 appearances and become spartans established right back.
He moved to Spennymoor Town in the summer of 2012 and was a regular in the defensive line up. Unfortunately, he missed out on the club’s visit to Wembley in the 2013 FA Vase Final after being admitted to hospital for emergency surgery on a twisted bowel and appendicitis.
Having moved to Shildon AFC in 2015 he made an impressive 92 appearances and scored two goals. His 6ft 2in frame and Northern League Divison 1 experience fits in very well with the squad Scott Oliver has created to help the club achieve its goals for the forthcoming 2018/2019 campaign.
Groves joined the squad in their first pre-season training session and said about his move: “It’s great to get it finalised, I’ve spoke to Scott quite a bit and it’s an exciting project here and one i’m pleased to be a part of. The club have signed a number of good players to go along with the existing lads from the promotion squad so should be to give it a good go in division one, i’m Keen to get cracking.”
Manager Oliver commented: “I’ve been speaking to Dan for a while and I’m pleased to have another experienced defender on board, it’s two players for the price of one for me as Dan is versatile and can play anywhere across the back line, he gives us lots of options. Unfortunately for us Jack Donaghy has been ruled out for two months due to a freak accident to his hand/arm so it made sense to push Dan’s signature through. I’d like to think our summer business is complete but never say never. It’s our first pre-season session tonight so opportunity for the lads to get to know each other.”