Welcome to your weekly briefing of everything Moors – and what a week it’s been!
This weeks’ main talking point was certainly transfer deadline day, with 2 coming in and 3 going out it was a busy day at Damson Park.
The main news this week was the departure of this term’s top scorer, Dapo Afolayan. Afolayan got his “dream” move to Premier League outfit West Ham United for an undisclosed fee and will initially join up with their Under 23 side on a three and a half year deal. Though his clinical finishing will be missed by Yates’ side, The Moors were not going to stand in way of the prolific striker’s chance at a move the top flight.
As one went out, two came in with the club recruiting two additions, the first of whom was Kwame Thomas. The former Coventry City starlet has has quite an impact since joining the Moors on a temporary basis, and has opted to make the move permanent, signing an 18 month contract at Damson Park.
Further adding to Yates’s attacking options, another striker was bought in on a loan deal in the form of Alex Reid. Some of you may remember Reid as this is his second stint in yellow and blue, following a short stay in 2015. The 22 year old has found game time hard to come by at Highbury, and spent the first half of this season at fellow National League club Wrexham, where he managed 4 goals in 18 games. With the departure of Afolayan, Reid is a welcome addition to The Moors, bolstering the squad’s attack as they push for ‘the great escape’.
Later in the day, two Moors players departed Solihull on loan deals. The first deal to go through was Chris Lait’s return to Stourbridge, for an initial 28 day period. Lait returns after having his time so far with Moors marred by a knee injury and the 24 year old attacker will be looking to get game time whilst at The Glassboys to prove to Yates he has what it takes to establish himself in the first team upon his return.
James Bowen is also returning to a former club in an attempt to secure a first team place for Moors, having been limited to only 10 appearances, since joining earlier in the campaign. Bowen himself seemed very happy at the prospect of playing at Edgar Street again, sending a message to the Hereford faithful over Instagram. “Bowsback” the full back captioned his latest post, adding “game time will soon come”.
Rounding off this week is the news that Mark Yates has been awarded the ‘Vanarama National League Manager of the Month’ award for January. With Moors now only 1 point off safety and on a 6 game unbeaten run, it’s clear to see why. All of us at By The NEC congratulate Yates on the award, and here’s to many more!