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Two More New Bucks

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Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Buxton have added two more new players to their squad.

Joining earlier signings Marc Roberts, Nabil Brahim-Bounab and Tom Turner made by new manager Martin McIntosh are defender Adrian Hawes and midfielder Steven Istead.

Hawes, 24, is a powerful, Nottingham-based centre half who has joined on loan from Blue Square Bet Premier side Alfreton Town to the Bucks until the end of the season.

He began his career with Hucknall Town, where he spent a season-and-a-half, before moving up the road to help Eastwood Town to a fourth-place finish in last season’s Conference North.

Alfreton paid an undisclosed fee for him last summer, and he is a highly-rated defender whose potential has also earned him trials with Motherwell, Dagenham & Redbridge, Port Vale, Cardiff City and Bradford City.

Istead, 25, is South Shields-born and spent his formative football years at Newcastle United before signing for Hartlepool United in 2002 where he was, at the time, the youngest ever player to play for the club.

He spent four season at Hartlepool, scoring three goals in sixty-four appearances before dropping down to non-League football to play for Gateshead and then Consett.

He played the 2007/08 season in Scotland at Peterhead before moving south to sign for Ilkeston Town for one year and then moving on to Mansfield Town where he played forty-four matches, scoring the one goal.

He enjoyed a brief loan spell at Alfreton in 2009 and when he left Mansfield last summer he signed for Eastwood from where the Bucks acquired his signature in February 2012.

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