16 Sep 2020 by John Edwards

Dan Connor's Vanarama National League round-up

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Dan Connor brings you all the news from the Vanarama National League in his usual weekly round-up.

It has been a relatively quiet week across the Vanarama National League, with only a handful of clubs actively making transfer deals and contract extensions. 

Barnet have made a trio of signings, the first being attacking midfielder Eliot Richards. The 28-year-old can play anywhere across the forward areas and has racked up over 150 Football League appearances playing for the likes of Bristol Rovers, Exeter City and Tranmere Rovers. 

The Bees have also announced the signing of midfielder Tyrone Duffus, who arrives from Northern Premier League side Warrington Town. The 23-year-old rose through the ranks of Premier League outfit Everton as a youngster, before making a switch to continue his development with Cardiff City. During his time with the Bluebirds, he worked under current Bees boss Peter Beadle when he joined Hereford on loan. 

Barnet's third signing of the week comes in the form of striker JJ Hooper. The 26-year-old joins with a wealth of experience, having played for the likes Port Vale, Grimsby Town, Bromley and most recently Wrexham in the 2019-20 season. 

Hooper’s former club, Bromley have in fact made their own first signing, albeit not from another club, as Academy scholar Liam Vincent signed first team forms. The 17-year-old had been a part of the club’s successful Academy in conjunction with The Ravensbourne School for the past year, featuring in the Professional Development under-23 side. 

Hartlepool United have confirmed the loan signing of David Parkhouse. The striker arrives from Sheffield United on a loan deal lasting until January 2021. The 20-year-old Northern Ireland youth striker has just returned from international duty, where he managed to net a goal in their Euro qualifier against Malta under-21s. 

Maidenhead United have re-signed winger Sam Barratt, who most recently plied his trade with EFL outfit Southend United. The 25-year-old was a fans' favourite during his previous spell at York Road between 2014 and 2018. Barratt made 43 starts in black and white and was named as an impact substitute a further 114 times. He scored 17 goals across four seasons. 

Stockport County have confirmed that forward Alex Curran has joined National League North side Curzon Ashton on a season-long loan. The 21-year-old, who recently made a return from a serious injury suffered last season, makes the temporary move to The Tameside Stadium which will see him link up with former captain Paul Turnbull.  

The Hatters have, however, announced that Academy graduate Finley Stanyer has signed a full-time, one-year professional contract at the club. The centre-half, who came on as a substitute in their pre-season defeat to Rochdale, becomes the third Academy player to sign a pro-deal at the club this summer. 

Over at Solihull Moors, two new signings have been welcomed to the club. West Bromwich Albion attacker Nick Clayton-Phillips has once again linked up with the Moors, signing on a season-long loan. Goalkeeper Niall Clayton, who has been training with the club since the start of their pre-season campaign and featured in all three pre-season friendlies as a trialist, has also put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal. 

Wealdstone finalised two contract extensions this week after Michee Efete and Dennon Lewis agreed two-year deals. Efete arrived at Grosvenor Vale from Billericay Town last summer, whilst Lewis joined as a free agent the same year. 

The club also announced that Harry Isted has returned on loan from Championship side Luton Town. The 23-year-old goalkeeper spent two months at the then National League South side, who went on to cliam the title. 

And, finally, on the subject of signings, Wrexham AFC have signed Anthony Jeffrey on a one-year deal after a successful trial. Jeffrey, who most recently played for Dover Athletic, had been training with the club throughout their pre-season and has now become their ninth signing of the summer. Defender Fiacre Kelleher has also arrived on a one-year deal, after leaving for Macclesfield Town last season. 

Elsewhere in the league, it has been reported that Macclesfield Town have been wound up in the High Court over debts totalling more than £500,000. The decision to wind up the club comes just over a month after Macclesfield were relegated from League Two at the end of a difficult 2019-20 season on and off the pitch. 

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