Reds winger Hartley joins Admirals on loan

Alex Norwood
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In a bid to save Nelson Football Club’s season, manager Alex Norwood has again added to his Victoria Park ranks with the capture of winger Jack Hartley on loan.

The 19-year-old has rejoined the Admirals from local rivals Colne FC having enjoyed a temporary spell at Little Wembley last season.

The teenager was an Accrington Stanley youth player at the time, parting with the League Two outfit in the summer, and signed with Chorley in the Vanarama National League North before joining Steve Cunningham’s Reds at the XLCR Stadium.

Having tracked Hartley’s progress this term, boss Norwood said: “Jack needs no introduction to Nelson fans after his loan spell at the club last season.

“He returns to us a year older and a stronger character because of the challenges he’s faced since he was last with us but that, along with his energy, pace and skill, means he returns to us a better player.”

The Blues remain nine points adrift of safety in the Hallmark Security Premier Division with 14 games of the campaign remaining.

With fixtures against New Mills and Irlam washed out, Nelson now travel to the Richborough Estates Stadium to tackle Congleton Town.

And new man Hartley is likely to play some part. Norwood said: “He’ll be a huge asset for us until the end of the season. I’d like to thank Cunny once again for his support.”