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Hulme Follows Priestley Out Of Salford Exit Door

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Vanarama National League North club Salford City revealed a double departure with the news that Jordan Hulme had followed Billy Priestley out of the Moor Lane exit door.

Priestley and Hulme both left the Ammies after reaching mutual agreements with the club.

Central defender Priestley has already secured a move to league rivals Alfreton Town (see separate news item).

Priestley joined the Ammies in March 2016 for an undisclosed fee from Bradford Park Avenue and made fifty appearances, with 5 goals scored.

Hulme followed joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley from Ramsbottom United when the pair took over at Moor Lane in January 2015.

An undisclosed fee was paid to secure Hulme’s services and he made his debut in a 2-1 win at Bamber Bridge.

His first goal for the Ammies came in a 6-0 win at Padiham the following month.

At the end of that season Salford secured the Northern Premier League First Division North title after overhauling Darlington’s lead at the top and Hulme chalked up fifteen appearances and 3 goals as a key part of a team that finished the campaign with nine successive wins.

The 2015/16 season was another memorable one for the club and Hulme made a total of fifty-six appearances, scoring 18 times, during a campaign where Salford reached the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup as well as securing promotion via the play-offs.

Like Priestley, Hulme’s role in the final against Workington AFC was crucial as he scored that dramatic 87th minute winner in front of a crowd of almost 2,000.

His place in Ammies’ folklore ensured, Hulme added another forty-nine appearances (and 10 more goals, including a hat-trick against league leaders AFC Fylde) during the 2016/17 season – a campaign that would end in play-off heartbreak at The Shay against FC Halifax Town.

A big personality, determination, adaptability, work-rate and an eye for goal were all qualities Hulme displayed in abundance and his commitment to the cause over 120 appearances, scoring 31 goals, could never be doubted.

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