Brighouse Town manager Vill Powell has again bolstered his squad by bringing popular utility player James Hurtley back to the Evo-Stik League North club.
Hurtley, a fans` favourite in his first spell, was a key player under Paul Quinn and returns to the club a fully-fledged international after making his debut for the Yorkshire IFA team in the 1-1 draw against Ellen Vannin.
Development team manager Si Ward turned thoughts back to the first time he saw Hurtley at the now popular trials some six years ago: “The first time I saw Hurts was at a trial six years ago and to be honest I thought he was a first-teamer coming along for some extra fitness.
“Two players really stood out from the rest and he was definitely one. Ryan Hall was the other.”
One of the qualities Hurtley brings to the side is his attitude and effort levels which Ward also commended: “The thing that impressed me the most was his attitude on and off the field. He’d turn up in pre-season and run for 30 minutes, then join in with the development side, then the first-team giving 100% in each. On the pitch he epitomises what we expect at Brighouse and I think it’s an excellent acquisition for the club”.