Newmarket Town hoping to sign James Hall following Mildenhall Town departure
Having been on the sharp end of his keen eye for goal in the not too distant past, Newmarket Town are hoping to have James Hall finding the back of the net for them next season.
The experienced frontman announced last week that he had left neighbouring Mildenhall Town, 18 months after joining from Godmanchester Rovers – then a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side.
He scored 24 goals in 26 appearances for Ricky Cornish’s men during the two Covid-impacted campaigns, but following the recent addition of forwards Dan Brown and Natty Stewart to the Mildenhall squad, Hall has moved on.
He tweeted on Friday: "Would like to thank everyone at @MildenhallTown for making me feel so welcome!
"It’s come to and end and through no choice of my own. I done as much as I could for the club and wish them all the best. Onwards and upwards. Good luck for the season."
And Newmarket player-manager Michael Shinn duly reacted swiftly to news of the 31-year-old's availability, getting Hall in to play for the Jockeys during Saturday’s 6-2 pre-season friendly defeat to Braintree Town.
He scored once and had another goal disallowed against the National League South team – and Shinn is well aware of Hall's ability, having seen the striker score both of Mildenhall’s goals in a 2-1 win at Newmarket in December 2019.
No deal has been reached as yet, but Shinn is eager to have the ex-Cambridge City player onboard for the upcoming term.
"He's a player we'd really like to sign. When I saw he'd left Mildenhall I was straight on the phone and we had a good chat," said Shinn.
"He's played the one game, he'll be playing again tomorrow (at home against Felixstowe & Walton United) and hopefully we can get a deal done that works for all parties.
"There's obviously a lot of interest in him, as there should be with a player of his quality, but we are keen to work something out if we can.
"I could have actually signed him just before he went to Mildenhall but it didn't work at the time. He then went and scored a couple of times against us about a week or so later and I remember regretting that!
"There's still a bit of a way to go so we'll just see what happens."
* For more from Shinn on his summer transfer business, see this week's Newmarket Journal print edition.