Former Slimbridge & Longlevens defender looking to achieve with Hardwicke next season

Former Longlevens centre back Kieran Squires has confirmed he is looking to say with his first club Hardwicke for the 2019/20 season, in a bid to finally get over a niggling knee injury that has affected him for the last 12 months. 

The former Slimbridge man left Saw Mills midway through last season due to injury and Squires took time out before joining County League side Hardwicke for the remainder of the campaign and the centre half told Severn Sport he was happy with the season on the whole.

“I thought last season started off brilliantly, winning the Player of the Tournament in the first ever Severn Sport Shield and a good FA Cup and FA Vase run with Longlevens.

But I started to struggle when Mark Moore had to step away. The incident affected a lot of us and in particular it probably affected me more than I thought it would. Unfortunately that coincided with personal issues and really I couldn’t concentrate properly and injuring my ACL stopped me in my tracks and I struggled to stay fit.” Squires added.

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With the tough times behind him, Squires found himself back at his boyhood club Hardwicke for the final couple of months of the season and Squires has tipped the club to achieve this season, whilst being a part of it despite offers elsewhere.

“Hardwicke will always be my boyhood team as I started men’s football with them and honestly I hope to finish my career there aswell. I have had a couple of offers from fellow County League sides as well as Hellenic League teams and whilst I think I can play at the higher levels, the Southern and Hellenic Leagues again I know I need to get fitter and stay fit to stay at that level.

I’ve got a lot of respect for Chivs the new Hardwicke manager and I know he is going to achieve something this year so I am looking forward to being apart of that.”


READ MORE: Check out the Stroud & District League’s constitution for the 2019/20 season right here.