Former Carlisle United and Gateshead goalkeeper Dan Hanford has become Southport’s first summer signing ahead of the 2018/19 season.

He joins on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract at the Merseyrail Community Stadium. The Swansea-born goalkeeper has recently played for National League side Gateshead, making 47 league appearances.

On joining the club, he told southportfc.net: “After speaking to everyone at the club, I just thought they were going in the right direction. It’s something that I wanted to be a part of. Southport have ambitions to be in the EFL and they want to do it the right way so after speaking to the Board and the Management I thought it was the right thing to do, so when the club showed interest, it was something I wanted to sort straight away.”

Manager Liam Watson said of his first summer signing: “Dan brings experience at the back. He’s been playing at a higher level. He’s 27-years-old, a good age for a goalkeeper. It gives us two goalkeepers of a good standard and they can fight it out for the number one spot.”

Source: southportfc.net

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