WILL Morford has joined Shortwood United on a dual registration deal in order to push his claims for a first-team spot back at parent club Gloucester City.
The long-serving City striker will join Wood in time for the kick-off of the visit of Sholing and the kick of the Southern League Division One South and West season on Saturday.
A veteran of 272 appearances for City, during which he netted 62 goals, Morford has fallen down the pecking order after Tim Harris’ summer overhaul of the club.
The arrival of Chris Jones from The New Saints last week left Harris with no fewer than seven players in wide attacking or forward positions.
And the Tigers boss explained that the move that will see Morford link up with former Tigers teammate Alex Sykes at Shortwood was not a permanent one.
Just like the deal that has seen Nat Jarvis join Cirencester Town, Morford could be recalled by Harris if the City boss feels it’s in his best interests.
“Will Morford has agreed to join Shortwood and it’s a good move for him because he needs game time,” Harris said.
“It is important that all our players are getting regular game time and at the moment Will and Nat would not be getting that with us.
“If they both do well during their time away then there will certainly be an opportunity for them to come back here and perform for us.”
Morford was a target for other clubs apart from Wood after Harris made him available for a loan move, so Wood joint boss John Evans was delighted to get his man.
With Duncan Culley seemingly destined for a move away from Meadowbank after a series of summer trials with professional clubs, Morford will help fill the void.
Evans and Sykes have already added former Bishop’s Cleeve man Jake Lee and giant Welshman Lewis Sommers to their ranks, but Morford’s capture has given Evans a real boost.
“Will is an experienced striker who will certainly do a job for us and I am delighted he has chosen us to come too, he is a good lad and there were other clubs in for him,” Evans said.
Gloucester City start their Vanarama Conference North campaign with the visit of Bradford Park Avenue to Whaddon Road on Saturday (3pm).