Loan star Archer stays as duo depart Moors - The Solihull Observer

Loan star Archer stays as duo depart Moors

Solihull Editorial 4th Jan, 2021 Updated: 4th Jan, 2021   0

Aston Villa loanee Cameron Archer, right, will be with Moors until the season end. Picture by Richard King.

A BUSY day at the Stadium has seen two players depart Solihull Moors, whilst the loan deal for Aston Villa forward Cameron Archer has been extended until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Defender Krystian Pearce, 30, and 21-year-old midfielder Nick Clayton-Phillips have both left the Moors with immediate effect.

The former, who holds a wealth of Football League experience having turned out for the likes of Notts County, Torquay United and Scunthorpe United during his playing career, had only signed a short-term contract at the club having joined in October – making nine appearances in all.

Pearce did, however, make an impact on the scoresheet twice during his short spell with Solihull – netting a decisive go-ahead goal that helped Jimmy Shan’s men famously knock his former side Scunthorpe out of the FA Cup in a 3-2 away victory back in November – also scoring in his final appearance against Farsley Celtic in the FA Trophy before Christmas.

Krystian Pearce flicks a header home. Picture: Tom King.

Loanee Clayton-Phillips has had his season-long deal from West Bromwich Albion cut short, having only turned out once as a substitute for a 35-minute spell against Sutton United in November during an injury-hampered campaign.

Solihull manager Shan paid tribute to the pair, adding: “I’d like to place on record our thanks for the contributions of Krystian and Nick – unfortunately Nick spent most of his loan period injured.

“Krystian came in on a short-term deal to provide cover and contributed well whilst scoring some important goals. I would like to wish both players well.”

But with Moors boosted by the news that 19-year-old star Archer will be with them for the remainder of the season, having initially only signed a short-term deal until January 3, there is at least positive team news ahead of Solihull’s next outing against Chesterfield on Tuesday night.

Nick Clayton-Phillips has returned to West Bromwich Albion.

“Cam has grown and developed in his short time with the club,” Shan continued, in a nod to the striker’s five goals in 12 appearances to date.

“He gives us a different dimension in the final third and has contributed with goals and assists.”

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