NON-LEAGUE: Rob returns to March Town but club’s first friendly is called off

Rob Conyard has signed for March Town for next season. Picture: IAN CARTER

Rob Conyard has signed for March Town for next season. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

March Town boss Brett Whaley reckons the return of Rob Conyard highlights the club’s commitment to local talent.

The teenage striker has agreed to play for the Thurlow Nunn League First Division side in the 2018/19 season following a loan stint towards the end of last term

Conyard was the leading scorer in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League when helping Deeping Rangers Under 18s to trophy glory last season. Now Whaley wants him to translate that fine form into the senior game after fighting off the advances of other clubs to complete a deal.

“The fact we have been able to attract Rob back to the club shows we’re moving in the right direction,” said Whaley.

“He’s a young talent and a local lad – and that’s exactly what we want here at March Town.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Rob can do well at this level and higher.

“We fought off some good clubs – a couple of them at higher levels – to bring him back to March.

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“It also sends a message out to young players in the March area – the opportunity is here to progress into senior football.”

The Hares were due to have their first pre-season friendly this Saturday, but opponents Wisbech Town pulled out of the annual BKD Cup clash due to a lack of available players.

“It’s always a game we look forward to and it’s a real disappointment that it’s not taking place,” added Whaley.

March are back in action on Tuesday night when travelling to Chatteris Town for the Bill Salisbury Memorial Cup.