Earlier on today, Whitby Town confirmed that midfielder, Callum Patton returned to the club and Chris Hardy has announced that he will be available for selection agains Stafford Rangers tomorrow afternoon.
Patton left the Seasiders during a hectic summer for the club with many names leaving and arriving, however the talented midfielder was keen for a return to the Turnbull Ground.
“He’s a big signing for the club,” said Hardy.
“We need to bring players in who are tried and tested. He knows the league environment and I feel that he will improve what we already have.”
Whilst Patton is in the squad, Chris Hardy will be without some notable names for the trip to Staffordshire, Dan McWilliams and Alex White being among those absent tomorrow.
McWilliams is continuing to recover from an injury picked up a few weeks ago suggesting that Jassem Sukar will continue to feature in the left-back position.
Alex White is unavailable, however striker, Matthew Tymon will return to the squad having been committed to his day job for Tuesday night’s 6-1 hammering of Grangetown Boys Club.
Tymon’s return will only lead to a selection headache for the Blues’ manager, who now is fortunate enough to have four fully-fit attackers to choose from with Ashley Coffey declaring himself 100% ready to go after his excellent midweek performance.
“This is probably the first time that I’ve had an attacking selection dilemma in my time with the club,” Hardy said.
With Greg Rutherford and Junior Mondal also wanting to start up top, Hardy stated that he will choose who he thinks are the “best men for the job.”
The gaffer isn’t quite so fortunate when it comes to choosing who will make up his backline with Josh Nearney on the injury list after he was forced off on Tuesday evening.
Some positive defensive news for Hardy however, is the return of the versatile Kieran Weledji who could fill in for Nearney at right-back.
The final absentee at Marston Road will be goalkeeper, Jack Norton who has had a tough season so far with injury leaving him on the sidelines again.
Despite confidence gained in Tuesday’s emphatic victory, Chris Hardy remains aware that his side must be aware of the dangers that the home side have.
“It is always a difficult fixture,” Hardy admitted.
“It’s going to be like a lot of games we play at this level so we need to make a game plan. We want a positive result to bring home but we know it will be a tough test.”