Stocksbridge Park Steels star striker Jamie Vardy has joined UniBond Premier Division rivals FC Halifax Town for an undisclosed sum. It ends months of speculation over Steels prize asset who had been tracked by a host of League and Non-League clubs including Crewe Alexandra.
And whilst the much sought after Vardy's departure comes as no surprise, it is however perhaps surprising that a league club didn't take a chance on the talented player and their loss is undoubtedly Halifax's gain.
Vardy hit 19 goals last term despite his campaign being blighted with injury and suspension having netted 22 the previous season when helping Steels to promotion via the play-offs
Steels said that 12 months ago an offer from Rotherham United was rejected by both the club and the player as they were only prepared to give him a three months contract.
Jamie, who was one of the main guests at Steels junior presentation evening last week, thanked all at Stocksbridge, the committee and supporters for all the help and support they had given him since he joined the club as a 16 year-old seven years ago.
Halifax averaged just short of 1500 at the Shay last season on their way to winning the UniBond North Championship, reaching the 100-point milestone after losing only two of their 42 league outings, and are already being installed as one of the favourites to land next season Premier Division title
Steels boss Gary Marrow said: "Jamie has been a pleasure to work with and goes with all our best wishes."
Meanwhile, Marrow has been busy working to fill the void left by Vardy's exit and is expected to unveil his first signings of the summer over the next couple of days.
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