Basford United have announced the re-signing of striker Kieran Wells on a short-term deal from Sherwood Colliery.
Wells need no introduction to the United faithful having played a huge part of the side that gained promotion from the Northern Premier League South Division in 2018, scoring 17 times after joining midway through the season.
An honest, hard-working centre forward, the 28-year-old has had a stellar non-league career, appearing for Town’s Ilkeston, Grantham and Hednesford, Frickley Athletic and Stalybridge Celtic, among others during his time since.
Wells leaves Debdale Park having helped Colliery secure promotion to the Northern Counties East Premier League at the end of the 2020-21 pandemic-hit season and even scored against Basford in the Nottinghamshire Senior Cup tie last month.
On his arrival, he said: “It it’s a great feeling to be back to the hometown which carries a lot of history and memories from both personal and football point of view.
“I’ve obviously played at – and against – Basford for several years now since I left the first time round and I’m now as eager as ever to get going again.
“The fans will remember me from when I was last here and what I can do,” he added.
“Chetts has brought back some of that self-belief in myself after speaking with him and hopefully I can repay him by scoring goals and trying to get us back into the play-offs.
United boss Steve Chettle added: “I’m delighted to have Kieran back with us. Obviously, he’s been with us before and will be very well-known to the fans and some of the players, too.
“I’ve known of Kieran for a while but never worked with him. However, I think we’re all aware of what he can bring; his experience, enthusiasm, style, and everything else that he can bring to our football club at the minute.
“He’s a character and knows the league very well,” added Chettle. “He’s played at this standard with two or three other clubs, including his time here before.
“We have experience with Aaron O’Connor, but he’s struggled with injuries, and we’ve had the young ones who have fought really hard for us.
“But Kieran has that extra bit of know-how, guile, experience and all the tools to get us back where we want to be.”
“He’ll be someone that’ll is a focal point at the top of the pitch, and we’re hoping he brings goals with him as well – it’s a real positive to have him back and we’re all looking forward to working together.
Wells will be readily available for the visit of Atherton Collieries in the Northern Premier League on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Niall Towle has joined Carlton Town on short-term loan deal.
The 20-year-old only returned to United after a stint at Corby Town at the start of the season but will head to the Bill Stokheld Stadium for a month.
Towle has featured nine times in all competitions this season.
*Article provided by Marc Williams (Basford United Correspondent).
*Main image @Basfordutd Kieran Wells checks in at Basford United.