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Moors make two major signings

11 January 2019

Promotion chasing Solihull Moors have signed two new players.

The pair are former Birmingham City midfielder Luke Maxwell, who has been on loan at the club, and former National League champion Terry Hawkridge.

The Moors are currently third in the National League, hoping to secure a promotion to the Football League at the end of the season.

Maxwell, 21, has agreed a deal until the end of the 2019/2020 season, with the option of a further year in the club’s favour.

Maxwell has played a key role in Tim Flowers’ side, who currently sit 4th in the Vanarama National League – he has made 30 appearances in all competitions and scored three goals to date.

The first of his three goals came away at AFC Fylde in a 3-1 defeat, but his next two came in crucial 2-1 victories against Barrow and Ebbsfleet United.

He said: “I’m over the moon to have signed for the club on a permanent deal.

“For me it was a no brainer to sign. I’ve enjoyed every moment of my loan here – I look forward to coming in everyday for training, which is always at a high standard because of the Gaffer, Quinny (James Quinn) and Gaz (Gary Whild).

Hawkridge, a 28-year-old winger, most recently played for League Two side Notts County, where he made 35 appearances and scored three goals after arriving in May 2017.

Following youth spells at Barnsley and Tranmere Rovers, Hawkridge began his senior career at Carlton Town, before going on to play at Hucknall Town and Gainsborough Trinity.

Six goals in 37 league matches with the Holy Blues earnt the midfielder a move to Scunthorpe United in the Football League – Hawkridge was a regular in the team they gained promotion to League One in 2014.

Hawkridge then moved to Mansfield and then National League side Lincoln City where, after a promising first season, he signed permanently.

Hawkridge was an integral part of the team which went on to win National League title in 2016/17, scoring four goals in the season.

Hawkridge said: “I’m excited. The lads have been doing well and they’re up and around there. I’m excited and I can’t wait to get started.

“I met up with the Gaffer and the staff – they were really keen to get me in. It’s about playing and enjoying football and I think this is a club where I can really do that.

“Hopefully I bring something different to what the club has and help the boys.”

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