SOLIHULL Moors have bolstered their side with the signing of Terry Hawkridge on a deal until the end of the 2019/20 season, after a free transfer from Notts County.
The 28-year old arrives to add further Football League experience to the Moors, weeks after Nathan Blissett’s signing, Hawkridge also sharing a similar experience in achieving promotion from the National League – which he achieved in the 2016/17 season with Lincoln City.
Hawkridge had a non-league grounding at Carlton Town, Hucknall Town and Gainsborough Trinity before a stint in League Two with Scunthorpe United, where he accrued 61 appearances for the Iron including a promotion to League One as a regular feature in the side.
Moors’ new man was clearly enthused about the challenge ahead following his arrival.
“I’m excited. The lads have been doing well and they’re up and around there. I’m excited and I can’t wait to get started,” he stated.
“I met up with the Gaffer and the staff – they were really keen to get me in. It’s about playing and enjoying football and I think this is a club where I can really do that.
“Hopefully I bring something different to what the club has and help the boys.”
Speaking on Hawkridge’s signing, manager Tim Flowers believes he can add to Moors attacking threat out wide.
“We’ve obviously got a pool on front players and midfielders, but we haven’t really got what I’d describe as wide players. Terry is a very talented footballer – he can play anywhere across midfield and has done in the Football League.
“He can beat a man and deliver quality off both feet. We’ve got some big, powerful strikers who thrive on balls in the box – Terry will hopefully provide that.”
Flowers also discussed the importance of bringing in additions that had certain qualities that would benefit Solihull’s current position near the summit of the National League table.
“We’ve now got one or two that have won this division. This isn’t something that’s been random, we’ve gone with the experience and players who don’t crumble.
“I know he’s delighted to be here and I saw lots of things in him which I know will be a massive positive for us between now and the end of the season.
“Terry seems a real, solid citizen. He just wants to get involved and play – we’ve welcomed him with open arms and we’re delighted to have him on board.”
Hawkridge has been awarded the number 24 shirt and will be heading straight into Tim Flowers’ squad available to him for Saturday’s Buildbase FA Trophy second round tie at FC Halifax Town.