Blues player marks his return to Uttoxeter Town with two goals

LEEK Town chairman Jon Eeles says he hoping to see James Curley back in action in a Blues shirt in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League at some stage in the future following his return to Uttoxeter Town.

Curley scored for his former club in a 2-1 defeat of Stafford Town in the Midland League First Division last Saturday, and then found the net again in a 2-2 draw at Chelmsley Town on Monday night.

Eeles said: “Curley has actually retained his registration with Blues so can help out if he is free. The club tried their very best to keep him but he wants to play at the moment and training midweek is difficult for him so Uttoxeter was his preferred option.”

Curley originally joined the Blues in July 2015 as a forward before forming a very successful partnership in the centre of defence with Darren Chadwick. Also a right-back when required, the former Stoke City, Uttoxeter and Kidsgrove Athletic player made 69 appearances and scored 10 goals for Blues.

Blues boss Neil Baker moved swiftly to cover the gap in his squad with the signing of 20-year-old midfielder Alfred Hammond in time for him to fill a seat on the bench at Glossop.

Born in Ghana, Hammond was brought up in Austria before moving to the UK with his parents and last season was a trialist at Dundee and Hearts. He has also been on the books at Sandbach United, Burgess Hill, Three Bridges and Winsford United.