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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Hereford Miss Out On Signing New Goalkeeper

Hereford manager Pete Beadle says he's back to square one after the goalkeeper he wanted to sign turned him down yesterday in the hope he'll receive an offer to get back into full-time football.

The Bulls boss thought that the deal was done, but says talks with the forward/winger are going well.

"The goalie we wanted to sign has turned us down today," Beadle said after Tuesday's goalless draw at Nuneaton.

"We thought he'd agreed and then he changed his mind and did a but of a u-turn, so we're back to square one on that front.

"The forward/winger is very positive, that might happen sometime this week, possibly. Then we're just waiting for the injured boys to come back then as well and then we'll almost be there."

Beadle said it was down to a change of heart, initially frustrated with not playing but then thinking he'd get an offer from a full-time club.

"It was a change of heart a little bit, there's not much to say about it but at the end of the day we made him an offer, he didn't want to do anything about it," added Beadle.

"He then sort of had a think about it on Saturday, realised obviously what am I doing sat on my backside on the sofa at home when all the football results are coming up, I should be involved.

"He did a bit of a u-turn on Sunday, drove down to Birmingham on Monday and as far as I was aware it was all agreed.

"Unfortunately today he's had a little bit of a change of heart, and that's fine, it's his prerogative. It's disappointing for us because we've spent so many days trying to do it, but it happens sometimes and it's just one of those things.

"He feels he'll get another offer to go back into full-time football sooner rather than later. If he does, he does, but I think once you're out of the game it's tough."

One of the goalkeepers at Edgar Street last season, Will Puddy, was in a similar situation. Beadle says he thinks that once a player isn't playing, they get forgotten.

"When you're out of the game and become non-relevant nobody knows where you are and you get soon forgotten.

"I had this conversation with Will Puddy 12 months ago and then five months later he rang me up and said Beads no one is ringing me, and I said I did tell you that!

"Eventually he changed his mind and he came in, but unfortunately we couldn't do enough to keep him this year, and this keeper is the same.

"As I say it's his choice, it's his prerogative. Obviously I'm disappointed because it would've been nice to get some cover in, but we're back to the drawing board."