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Smith hoping Deards will stay
6:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
PAUL Smith is hoping to persuade goal-scorer Connor Deards to have a prolonged stay at Studley.
The former Walsall striker joined the Bees last week and marked his debut as a substitute with a late goal in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Pelsall Villa in the Midland Combination Premier.
Deards has been looking for a club where he can regain the spark that made him one of Midlands non-league’s most sought after players.
After a frustrating season at Redditch United and spending pre-season at Tamworth and Stourbridge, Studley offered the young hitman a place to he can rekindle his love of the game.
Smith said: “Connor hasn’t enjoyed the last 18 months and I told him to come and play for us and we will help put a smile back on his face.
“Any manager in our league would snap your hands off to have Connor in the team and I am hoping I can persuade him to stay.
“Tamworth offered him a deal but it wasn’t enough for him to leave work and he did not enjoy his time at Stourbridge.
“It’s beneficial for both sides as Connor can put himself in the window and help us but I am hoping he will stay with us for quite a while.”
Studley, who suffered relegation from the Midland Alliance last season, experienced a strong start to the Midland Combination Premier on Saturday as they saw off Pelsall 3-1 at the Beehive.
Elliott Nash bagged a leveller on the stroke of half-time before Jack Cresswell fired them ahead and Deards added a third.
Smith added: “I was pleased with the score but I think we can play a lot better.
“But it’s the first game with a new manager, new team in a new division so I am very happy with the result.”
Studley, who played Smith’s old club Earlswood last night, entertain Stafford Town on Saturday (3pm ko) in the FA Cup.
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