TRANSFERS | Dan Hanford Becomes Port’s First Summer Signing

Former Carlisle United and Gateshead goalkeeper Dan Hanford joins So uthport FC as the Club’s first summer signing ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Dan brings higher level and international experience to the Club, having made 27 EFL appearances, 59 National League appearances and representing Wales at U17 and U19 level.

Dan joins on a free transfer, having signed a 2 year contract at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

Dan started his career in Swansea City’s youth set up before moving to Clitheroe in 2010, appearing in every league game that season. Dan then joined the Glen Hoddle Academy and spent time at Jerez.

The Swansea-born goalkeeper then moved to Hereford United where he spent 2 years.

After a spell in Malta, Dan then joined EFL League 2 side Carlisle United, making 33 appearances in two years.

Most recently, Dan has played for National League side Gateshead, making 47 league appearances.

On joining the club Dan told “After speaking to everyone at the club, I just thought they were going in the right direction. It’s something that I wanted to be a part of. Southport have ambitions to be in the EFL and they want to do it the right way so after speaking to the Board and the Management I thought it was the right thing to do, so when the club showed interest, it was something I wanted to sort straight away”.

Manager Liam Watson said of his first summer signing: “Dan brings experience at the back. He’s been playing at a higher level. He’s 27-years-old, a good age for a goalkeeper. It gives us two goalkeepers of a good standard and they can fight it out for the number one spot.”

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