Ex-Owls striker out to follow £1m man

High hopes: Striker Ashley Worsfold
High hopes: Striker Ashley Worsfold
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A FORMER Sheffield Wednesday striker is joining Sheffield FC hoping to emulate another former Owls trainee, Jamie Vardy.

Vardy, aged 25, signed for Leicester City for a fee of £1 million after impressing in the non-league divisions with Stocksbridge Park Steels and Fleetwood Town and Ashley Worsfold believes he can do the same at Sheffield.

“I don’t know Jamie personally but I know of him and what he has accomplished from playing in the lower divisions and that is ideally what I am going for at Sheffield FC,” he said.

“When I was released from Sheffield Wednesday, I thought that was it. I never believed it was because of my ability that I was released, just that my face didn’t fit at the time and there was a lot happening behind closed doors, like there is at every club.” Ashley told The Star.

“I am only 21 and I think that I have got a lot to offer. I have confidence in my own ability and I think I have too much to just throw it all away.”

“I am aiming to be in the Football League by the time I am 23.”

Worsfold signs

from Northern Counties East Premier Division side Parkgate.

It’s a new face but a familiar name for Sheffield FC. Worsfold’s brother, Aaron, played for the reserves last season and his father, Craig, who plays for the over-35s side, played for Sheffield for over five seasons in the early 90s, making around 200 appearances.

“I know a lot of people there

through when my dad was playing and I always used to be around the place. I know a lot of personnel who have seen me develop from when I was young,” he said.

“I had a few offers from clubs in higher leagues come in for me but I chose here because I will be able to settle right in. It’s a big, well-known club and hopefully it can be a big platform and people will notice me.”

“I was at Parkgate for

two years and I scored 28 goals and 30 this season. I know I am going to be able to score as many as I did there.”

“I really am looking forward to it, I’m already in the gym and running every day, just building up my fitness, and I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Worsfold, who played for Wednesday reserves, is one of five signings brought into the club by new manager Curtis Woodhouse.

Midfielder Anton Foster, who made seven appearances at the start of the 2005/06 season for Sheffield, has signed from Halifax Town.

Striker Vill Powell returns to the club from AFC Goole.

Powell scored 17 goals in the Evo-Stik league First Division South last season and will be remembered for scoring 37 goals in 100 appearances for Sheffield FC during his first spell with the club between 2006 and 2009.

Another familiar name re-joining the club is Chris Adam, returning from Belper Town as a player/coach to work alongside Woodhouse.

Sheffield have also signed youngster Aaron Martin who follows Powell from AFC Goole.