Blues land deadline day duo

Whitby Town have confirmed a double deadline day swoop to sign Scott Howes and David Onions.

Friday, 25th March 2016, 8:49 am
Updated Friday, 25th March 2016, 8:52 am
New Whitby Town recruit Scott Howes in action for Hartlepool United Reserves

The cut-off for Evo-Stik League clubs to complete any transfer deals fell at 5pm on Thursday.

Left-back Howes had recently been released by Hartlepool United, and manager Chris Hardy was keen to secure his signature as quickly as possible.

“Scott is one we sorted out earlier in the week,” he told the Whitby Gazette.

“He’s recently been released by Hartlepool so we saw an opportunity to bring him in, through Lee Bullock’s time at the Hartlepool academy.

“He gives us a good option in terms of a body there [left-back] going into the end of the season.

“Scott will be coming in looking for minutes and an opportunity to impress. He’s ambitious and wants to ply his trade at a higher level.

Onions has been out of football in England for 12 months due to work commitments, with his most recent spell in England coming at Thornaby last year.

He joins Whitby having had two spells with the club previously, both coming under Darren Williams.

“Dave is someone I’ve worked with for a number of seasons at Guisborough,” Hardy added.

“He was happy to go on a form and help out as and when needed.

“If required, he will come in and do a job for us.”

The signings complete a busy week in the transfer market for the Seasiders, with Paul Roddam and Lee Bythway joining on dual-registration forms from Guisborough Town and Thornaby respectively, on Tuesday.

Roddam can operate in a number of positions across the field, including centre-midfield, right-back and centre-forward, but is most comfortable at centre-half. Bythway is currently Thornaby’s captain and is comfortable playing as a centre-half or left-back.

Following the deadline, Hardy said he is pleased with the options he now possesses in his squad going into the final nine games of the season.

“We’ve brought in a number of players to bring the available personnel to 27,” the ex-Guisborough boss continued.

“With the remaining games, I’m sure that’s going to be enough to get us over the finishing line with enough options in all positions.

“We never know what is around the corner in terms of injuries, so we’ve covered all bases.”