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Veteran Ritchie Humphreys Signs For Club

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Evo-Stik League South club Sheffield FC started the new season with a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Carlton Town on Saturday.

But manager Mark Hume is still optimistic of a good campaign, although he still wants to add to a squad that he recently bolstered with the signing of veteran Ritchie Humphreys and youngster Leslie Sackey on loan from SkyBet League One side Scunthorpe United.

Humphreys left League Two Chesterfield in June after deciding against accepting the offer of a coaching role in Gary Caldwell’s backroom team.

Humphreys, who was a player-coach last season, scored 3 goals eighty-one appearances for the Spireites after signing in the summer of 2013.

In a playing career which started at Sheffield Wednesday in 1995, the 39-year-old has made over 700 senior appearances for Wednesday, Cambridge United, Hartlepool United, for whom he made almost 500 of them, and the Spireites.

He was also capped by England at under-20 and under-21 level.

Humphreys’ standing in the game led to him being elected chairman of the Professional Footballers Association in 2013, a position he still holds.

Eighteen-year-old Sackey signed a scholarship with Scunthorpe in 2015 having joined from Reading’s academy.

He signed for the Iron as a centre-forward, but soon changed positions to centre-half.

Having trained with the first-team on numerous occasions during his scholarship, Sackey impressed manager Graham Alexander with his ability and as a result was rewarded with a professional contract in May 2017.

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