Simon Weaver, manager of Vanarama National League North club Harrogate Town, has secured the services of Callum Rzonca and Kuda Muskwe ahead of tomorrow`s visit to FC United of Manchester.
Twenty-year-old Rzonca has signed on loan from National League side York City for an initial one-month period.
Leeds-born Rzonca started his career with the youth systems of Huddersfield Town and Barnsley. However, he signed a one-year professional contract with York in May 2015.
The attacker made his first-team debut in York’s league cup tie with Swansea City in August 2015, and has featured in ten games for the Minstermen this term.
Rotherham United academy graduate Kuda Muskwe has also signed a short-term contract with the club and joined up with Weaver’s men this week in training.
The striker enjoyed a productive loan stint with Stockbridge Park Steels earlier this season, before shorter spells with Grantham Town and Frickley Athletic.
The pair’s arrival comes at the end of a week in which Weaver’s squad was dealt a slice of bad luck, with the news that Dominic Knowles will be sidelined for another ten or twelve weeks.
The striker, who had returned to full training in January, has suffered a setback in his recovery and will now require surgery on a broken foot.
Weaver commented “It really is a great shame that Dom has suffered this setback. He’s a really good lad and an important part of the squad when fully fit, so we’re all disappointed he’s not going to be able to get back out there for a little while. From being involved again in training, looking sharp and knocking on the door, to being told he needs surgery is a cruel blow for him and my heart goes out to the lad”.
When asked if the arrival of Rzonca and Muskwe will soften the blow of losing Knowles, Weaver continued: “We’ve brought both lads in as we believe they offer something extra to the side. Callum can play in a variety of attacking positions and operate in the hole, up-front, or on either wing. Kuda has the potential to be a real handful up front and is a great athlete too. Both players have shown that they possess the desire I need to see and have shown a positive attitude in the last few days. I’m pleased with what I’ve seen in training from both players, and I am hopeful they will both have a positive impact during their time here.”
In addition to the arrival of Rzonca and Muskwe, Town’s recent addition Ruben Jerome, who featured for Paul Thirlwell’s under-21’s earlier in the week, is set to join Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side Warrington Town on dual-registration in order to gain immediate first-team action.