14 Jan 2021 by John Edwards

Dan Connor's Vanarama National League round-up


Dan Connor brings you all the transfer news from the Vanarama National League, and action from the one game that took place, in his usual in-depth weekly round-up.

It has been yet another busy week across the Vanarama National League as players continue to make moves and clubs bolster their squads.

Torquay have announced that striker Rob Street has joined on loan from Premier League side Crystal Palace. The 19-year-old joins after being a regular scorer in Palace’s under-23 side, with whom he signed professional terms last summer. 

Sutton manager Matt Gray has added to his squad with the signing of winger Rhys Browne. The 25-year-old was a youth player with Norwich and Charlton before enjoying stints at Aldershot, Grimsby, Yeovil, Port Vale and most recently Wealdstone. 

Hartlepool have confirmed that Luke Armstrong, who joined on a month-long loan deal in December, will now stay at the club until the end of the season. The forward has impressed since arriving at The Vic, scoring six goals in seven games.  

Over at Halifax, 23-year-old striker Lewis Mansell has joined on a month's loan from Accrington Stanley. Mansell started his career with Blackburn Rovers and had loan spells with FC United of Manchester and Partick Thistle before moving to Firhill Stadium on a permanent deal in the summer of 2019. 

Defender Jean Leroy-Belehouan has also arrived on loan from Sheffield United until the end of the season. The 20-year-old Frenchman spent seven years with Manchester United before impressing at Bramall Lane on trial. He then joined their Academy and has been playing in their under-23 development squad. 

Elsewhere at The Shay, Neil Danns has departed following the expiration of his short-term contract. 

Two players, Inih Effiong and Calvin Miller, have joined Notts County on loan until the end of the season.  

Effiong arrives from Stevenage, who he signed for last summer after scoring 16 goals in 36 National League appearances for Dover in 2019-20. He managed one goal in a five-game loan spell with Barnet earlier this season and has a wealth of National League experience, following spells at Woking and Barrow.  

Pacey winger Miller joins from Harrogate Town, who he joined from his boyhood club Celtic last year. Miller made five senior appearances for the Bhoys before furthering his experience with loan spells at Dundee and Ayr United. 

Bromley have announced the signing of Charlie Wakefield following his departure from Wealdstone. The winger joins the Ravens having spent the first half of this season plying his trade in the Vanarama National League, featuring 13 times and scoring twice. 

Following the end of his initial loan spell, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild has returned to his parent club Portsmouth. Hackett re-joined the Ravens on loan from the Hampshire side in September, ahead of the new National League season, and has also netted twice. 

Boreham Wood have announced the return of highly-regarded striker Junior Morias to Meadow Park, joining on loan from Scottish Premiership side St. Mirren for the remainder of this season. 

And, after plenty of social media speculation over the past three months, in what is the biggest transfer of the week and most possibly the season, Sorba Thomas has joined Championship side Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed club record fee. 

After a short-term loan deal, winger Joseph Hungbo has left Aldershot and returned to parent club Watford. The 20-year-old made five appearances for the club and was an integral member of Danny Searle’s squad over the course of his temporary stay. 

Wealdstone have signed 23-year-old Cameroonian defender Maxim Kouogun on a non-contract basis. The defender spent last season as part of Harrogate Town's promotion-winning team after making the move in February last year. He made a total of three appearances whilst at the Yorkshire club as they achieved promotion and made the FA Trophy Final. 

Chesterfield have announced that Jordan Cropper has returned to Burnley after being recalled by the Premier League club. The defender re-joined Chesterfield in the summer for a second loan spell. 

However, to offset that departure, manager James Rowe has bolstered his squad by securing defender Alex Whittle on an 18-month contract.

The 27-year-old left-back was a free agent after leaving Gloucester City, and he links up again with his former boss Rowe, who said: “Once I knew of Alex’s availability, we moved quickly to secure his signature. It is important to build for the future and not just the short term. Alex has great energy and his strong character will fit in well in the changing room.” 

Dagenham & Redbridge have confirmed that Kai Brown and Bailey Clements have both returned to Ipswich Town after their loan deals came to an end. Brown played three times during his time with the Daggers whilst Clements made just one appearance. 

Jaden Brissett has also left the club after his contract came to an end. The 19-year-old winger made two appearances whilst in East London, having joined on a short-term deal back in early October. 

And the final player to return to his parent club is Abu Ogogo, who has gone back to Bristol Rovers after his loan deal with the Daggers came to an end. The midfielder re-joined the club in October, having made 225 appearances for the East London side between 2009-2015.  

Yeovil have confirmed the signing of Joshua Neufville on loan from Luton Town until the end of the season. Following a successful month-long spell through December and early January, Neufville returns after making a lasting impact in his short time at Huish Park.  

Alex Bradley has also joined Yeovil, signing an 18-month contract. Bradley makes his stay in Somerset permanent after his loan spell from Lincoln City expired earlier this month. 

And Barnet have announced that defender Bilel Mohsni and midfielder Dean Parrett have been released and have left the club with immediate effect. Mohsni made three appearances in all competitions for the Bees, whilst Parrett featured on just two occasions. 

Also at Barnet, experienced centre-back Liam Daly has joined from National League North side Gloucester City whilst centre-back Ben Richards-Everton has arrived from Bradford City.  

Only one game went ahead on Tuesday evening, as Dover welcomed Boreham Wood. 

Kabongo Tshimanga opened the scoring for the away side after just 14 minutes, before Thomas-James Bramble equalised halfway through the second half.  

A red card for Gus Mafuta, following two yellows, gave Dover an advantage for the final 10 minutes of the game, but they were unable to capitalise against their 10-man opponents as the game finished 1-1. 


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