Mildenhall Town add another Bury Town face as links continue to grow stronger
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Following the earlier arrival of combative young central midfielder Ross Bailey from Bury Town this month, Mildenhall Town boss Christian Appleford has bolstered his squad with another dual-registered addition this week in the form of wide midfielder Liam Wales.
Having been on the fringes, and in and out of Ben Chenery’s first-team plans at Ram Meadow this season, Wales joins forces at a Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side who are closely building connections with their higher-level Ryman Premier Division rivals.
Wales, who made his debut for Hall in last night’s trip to bottom-of-the-table Diss Town, comes to Recreation Way looking to impress and make a name for himself.
“I’ve known Liam a little while after working with him during the Suffolk Schools’ Cup at under-14 level,” added the Hall boss.
“He’s got good quality, he likes putting a foot in, he gets you on the edge of your seat, and he gives us plenty more options going forward.”
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Wales burst onto the scene at Ram Meadow last season with some impressive displays, but has struggled to maintain even a squad-place in Chenery’s new-look Bury this campaign – with the opportunity of getting some minutes under his belt a good one for all parties concerned.
In doing so, he joins fellow Bury youngster Bailey, who has made three starts for Hall so far since his dual signature earlier this month.
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Appleford has therefore been left delighted at the links the two clubs are making, and hopes it is one that continues to unfold into the future.
“The links with Bury are getting much better,” confirmed the Hall boss.
“I went to school with Ben (Chenery) so know him well and we have a good relationship.
“We’re helping each other out so it’s all positive, these lads are coming to us to play football – helping us improve – and we’re hopefully helping them improve as well.”
Appleford has been a busy man in October, tinkering and changing his squad in terms of incoming and departing personnel on a week-by-week basis.
After making a trio of signings earlier this month in Bailey, Richard Logan, who is still searching for fitness, and Kelvin Enaro, the boss is still hoping to push a couple more fresh faces through the door before he is satisfied.
One player that looks likely to leave Mildenhall imminently is 19-year-old attack-minded player Harrison Ford, deemed surplus to requirements by the Hall boss.
“Harrison joined us in the summer (from Needham Market Apprentices) and his performances haven’t really warranted starts for us,” admitted Appleford.
“He’s developing all the time and has a lot of potential, but isn’t what I need in my squad at the minute.”
Ford looks likely to return to Needham’s second-string in the foreseeable future.
Following last night’s match-up against strugglers Diss that Appleford labelled as a ‘potential banana skin’, the boss takes his side into a tasty-looking all-Suffolk clash against Hadleigh United at Recreation Way on Saturday.