‘Dale won’t be with us long’

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Sport - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­roll@reach­plc.com @SamCar­roll0

RUN­CORN TOWN man­ager Chris Her­bert has ad­mit­ted new sign­ing Dale Jen­nings will not re­main at the Viri­dor Com­mu­nity Sta­dium for long.

Jen­nings – who spent two sea­sons with Bun­desliga giants Bay­ern Mu­nich be­tween 2011 and 2013 – was a sur­prise coup for the club who an­nounced the deal last Fri­day evening.

Sky Sports are vis­it­ing the Viri­dor Com­mu­nity Sta­dium this week to dis­cuss Jen­nings’s re­turn to foot­ball af­ter the winger went two years with­out a club fol­low­ing his exit from MK Dons back in 2016. De­spite the in­ter­est sur­round­ing the trans­fer, Her­bert was frank in his as­sess­ment of the player’s fu­ture as he vowed to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to as­sist the 25-year-old’s re­turn to pro­fes­sional foot­ball.

“It’s ex­cit­ing times but he’s not go­ing to be with us long,” the man­ager said.

“I think every­one knows that but while he’s with us I’ve said I’ll help him if he helps me.

“I’ll help him get a club and that’s what it’s about at the minute. He’s come here to get fit and ready to go.

“He’s in good shape but what he needs now he’s in shape is matches.

“We’re here to help him. As a club at this stan­dard we want to im­prove and he im­proves us.

“It’s not just about Dale at the mo­ment. It looks that way but it’s about how he comes into this group and makes us bet­ter un­til he finds some­thing.”

Jen­nings missed Satur­day’s 5-1 vic­tory over Abbey Hey but Her­bert con­firmed the player will be avail­able for this Satur­day’s trip to Sils­den.

The West York­shire side were only pro­moted at the end of last sea­son but are fly­ing high in the Hall­mark Se­cu­rity League Premier Divi­sion with 25 points on the board from their open­ing dozen matches.

Prior to last night’s home game with Con­gle­ton Town, Run­corn are one place below Sils­den and boss Her­bert is eye­ing a cru­cial week for the club.

Her­bert said: “We’ve got two sec­re­tary@run­corn­golf­club.co.uk www.run­corn­golf­club.co.uk big games com­ing up. Sils­den are fly­ing.

“They’ve just come up, they’re on the crest of a wave and they’re go­ing to be hard to beat at their place.

“Then on the Tues­day we’re away to Bootle so it doesn’t re­ally come much harder.

“We’ve got to see how we come through that be­cause for me, if you lose those games, we’re out the race.

“It’s a strong league. You look at your top five sides and 1874 North­wich – who will come into it – and it’s a tough league.”

Satur­day’s match at Sils­den’s The Cob­by­dale Con­struc­tion Sta­dium kicks-off at 3pm while the game at Bootle’s TDP So­lic­i­tors Sta­dium next Tues­day evening has a 7.45pm kick-off time.

Paul Heaps

Winger Dale Jen­nings dur­ing his time with Tran­mere Rovers has joined Run­corn Town; (in­set) Town boss Chris Her­bert.

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