Students pass the test to earn Worksop Town move while duo head to Shirebrook on ‘gentleman’s agreement’

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A pair of Sheffield Hallam University footballers have passed the entrance exam for the Worksop Town squad.

Striker Andrew Ofosu and winger Adam Ward, both 20, have moved to the club from Belper Town and Goole AFC respectively.

Both players impressed boss Mark Shaw when playing against the Tigers in last Saturday’s friendly for Hallam’s first team.

Shaw said his assistant had recommended the pair.

“Both Ward and Ofosu impressed when playing against us last Saturday, as well as looking sharp in training last night,” he said.

“Chris (Adam, assistant manager) is involved in running the Sheffield Hallam side and he has been impressed by them this season.”

“We saw that Andy is a big powerful pacy centre forward who will offer us something different.”

“Adam showed he makes good decisions coupled with a good passing ability.”

“They are two good signings for us that will add depth to the squad where we are lacking. I am delighted to have captured their signatures last night.”

Shaw has also entered into a gentleman’s agreement with Shirebrook Town which will see left-back Connor Smythe and goalscorer Dre Johnson move to the Langwith Road outfit in order to gain more game time.

Smythe has recently lost out to Jack Waddle in the battle to make the number three shirt his own, and the arrival of Phil Roe has compounded the issue.

For Johnson it has been a season of transition, having moved to Matlock Town on dual registration after scoring 16 goals in 18 appearances.

A spell at Rainworth then followed, before this new development.

Shaw explained: “They are both young lads who at this stage of their career need to be playing.”

“We have a very good relationship with Shirebrook Town who I have entered into a “gentleman’s agreement” with over the players that allows this to happen.”

“Connor was already battling with Wads for the left-back birth and with the arrival of Roey it just made it even more difficult for him to get a starting place.”

“He is a young lad who needs to be playing at this stage of his career, rather than sat on the bench. This move to Shirebrook will allow him to do that and will play an important part of his development process”

“It is a similar situation with Dre. Since signing for Matlock Town he has been getting very little game time sat on their bench.”

“He needs to regain his sharpness, which he will only do by playing. Again, the move to Shirebrook will allow the lad to do this.”

The manager has kept the door open for a return to Sandy Lane for both players, however.

“I shall be continuing to keep an eye on both players and will be in regular contact with Shirebrook to monitor their progress.”

“Both moves will benefit the club and the players in the long run.”