Fans' favourite Byron Walker returns to Herne Bay
Hotshot striker Byron Walker is
back at Herne Bay just two weeks after signing for Stalybridge
The 26-year-old fans’ favourite
– whose 18 goals helped fire Bay to the Kent League title last year
– has returned after making just two appearances for the Blue
Square Conference North side.
Herne Bay boss Simon Halsey has
told of his delight to have Walker back and says he will go
straight into the squad for tomorrow’s home clash against
He said: "I’m not sure what the
reasons are for him leaving, but we’re just glad he’s back
with us. I’ve been in regular contact with him and working on it
for a while.
"He scores lots of goals, has
bags of pace and gives us that different option.
"Other clubs have told me when
they see his name on the team sheet there’s that fear factor. He
brings an atmosphere to the club and is a hero to a lot of the
"I’ve already had messages from
some of them saying how pleased they are to see him
Walker’s performances last year
attracted attention from professional clubs, earning him trials
with Oldham Athletic and German side Wiesbaden.
But Halsey says the
fleet-footed forward's attention will now be on scoring
goals for Herne Bay.
He said: "I got hold of him
three years ago at a time he wasn’t looking to play for anyone and
took him to Herne Bay.
"He’s been surrounded by good
players who love him and it’s brought the best out of the talent he
already had. There’s never a time when he’s not smiling, except
perhaps when I’ve dragged him off late on."
Walker’s return will provide
competition for fellow Bay strikers Danny Williams, Tunji Agbaje
and Jamie Turner, who has hit a recent run of scoring
Halsey said: "Byron coming back
will push them all on to score goals and fight for the number nine
shirt. I’m really looking forward to it."
Tomorrow’s match will kick-off
at 1pm because of ongoing floodlight problems.
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