Marketmen agree fee for midfielder

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Needham Market have agreed an undisclosed fee with Vanarama National League South outfit St Albans City for attacking midfielder Lewis Hilliard.

But the Marketmen have yet to agree terms with the player who has been on manager Mark Morsley’s radar for some time.

Morsley said: “St Albans have accepted our offer but at the moment we have been unable to agree personal terms with the lad.

“The deal is by no means dead in the water yet, and we hope to be able to persuade the player to join us.

“He ticks a lot of boxes for us and I think we tick a lot of boxes for him. I think the only reservation he has is dropping down from step two to step three.”

The Cambridge-based player was a first-year professional at Peterborough United and started his career at Rushden and Diamonds before joining St Neots.

Hilliard, who starred in Saints’ rise from the United Counties League to the brink of Conference football, ended a five-year stay at the Cozy Stadium in the close season.

The 24-year old made the step up to National League South St Albans City, where he has scored once and had three assists since his summer switch.

Morsley is also looking for another centre-half, saying: “I’d still like to bring in another defender, but I’m not just going to sign a player for the sake of it if they are not any better than the ones who we already have at the club.”