September 25th, 2016

Reds boss Byfield makes exciting triple swoop

Reds boss Byfield makes exciting triple swoop Reds boss Byfield makes exciting triple swoop
Manager Darren Byfield (back) welcomes Duane Courtney, Jordan Jones and Jamie Spencer to the Valley Stadium.
Updated: 11:26 am, May 31, 2016

JAMIE Spencer and Jordan Jones are set to return to the Valley Stadium as Redditch United manager Darren Byfield starts building his side to challenge for Southern League Premier Division honours next season.

The imminent arrivals of the talented striker and full back are a clear sign of Byfield’s intent to put together a side capable of replicating last season’s efforts when Liam McDonald’s Reds finished runners-up before missing out on promotion in the play-offs.

The duo will be joined by former Kidderminster, Tamworth and Burnley defender Duane Courtney, whilst former Chesterfield, Oldham Athletic and Shrewsbury Town defender Reuben Hazell has joined the coaching staff.

Byfield, also boosted by midfielder Max Loveridge and defender Cameron Young committing to extending their Valley Stadium stays, is also set to make more new additions to the ranks later this week.

Both Spencer and Jones were regulars at the Valley before being snapped up by then Vanarama National League side Kidderminster Harriers.

Striker Spencer, 22, made a number of first team appearances and also played on loan at Worcester City and Rushall Olympic where he suffered a broken foot which saw him sidelined for part of last season.

Jones, 23, chalked up 18 appearances after signing for the Aggborough club, scoring twice – with both goals coming in the 3-2 defeat at Bromley in just his third game for Harriers.

Courtney, 31, will bring experience to Valley having chalked up nearly 300 league games for clubs ranging from Welsh Premier League side The New Saints to Championship outfit Burnley.

He was at Corby Town last season and had been a target for then Redditch boss McDonald.

Byfield said he was delighted to agree deals with the three players and added more signings would be announced later this week.

“Jamie Spencer and Jordan Jones are two Redditch lads who know what it means to play for their hometown club,” the Reds manager explained.

“They did so well the last time they were here that they earned themselves a move into full-time football at a National League side, so there is no doubting their quality. It also emphasises that we want to develop talented local players, giving them opportunities.

“Duane was up there at the top of my wishlist when I was appointed manager. He has great energy and experience and I know he will prove to be a huge fans’ favourite because of the type of footballer he is.”

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