Paul McCone signs up for another season at Yeltz
Halesowen Town have been given a huge boost after skipper Paul McCone agreed to sign up for next season.
The former Stourbridge and Hednesford centre-back has been a huge influence on the Yeltz team which has reached the semi-finals of the FA Trophy.
McCone was one of manager Paul Smith’s first signings when he arrived at the Grove last season and the boss admitted the 28-year-old, who came through the ranks of Wolves as a youngster, had surpassed even his expectations.
“I was very surprised to have the opportunity to sign Paul in the summer,’’ said Smith. “I knew how good he was, but what he has done has surpassed even my expectations.
“He has been outstanding so far this season, and has led the players brilliantly.
“It was crucial to me and the club to get the skipper tied down, I’m delighted to have done that.”
McCone added: “When the opportunity came to join Halesowen at the start of this season it was one I grabbed with both hands. The way the season has gone so far, it is a testament to what the gaffer, Snapper (assistant boss John Snape) and his team bring to the club. To stay on for the forthcoming season was a no-brainer for me.
“Hopefully we can keep moving forward with the support from the amazing fans, who have been incredible this season.
“I personally can’t thank them enough for making me and my family feel so welcome. I can’t wait to get back playing and hopefully as a team, we can get the club back up the leagues where it belongs.’’
With little prospect of any football being played for the foreseeable future, Smith plans to use the extended break in action to tie down several more of his first-team squad.
The Southern League Division One Central season was suspended with the Yeltz sat second in the table, one point behind leaders Berkhamsted but having played a game less.