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AFC Telford: Player Spotlight

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 1 Sep 2016
Posted in First Team

Itโ€™s back to league action this weekend for FC Halifax Town as we look to bounce back from successive defeats with a good result down in Shropshire against AFC Telford United.

This weekโ€™s Player Spotlight focuses on a man who has done the rounds in the professional game, and now at the age of 30 poses as a real asset to a Telford side looking to improve on last season.

David Hibbert is a striker who joined Telford in 2015 following spells in non-league with Nuneaton Town and Tamworth. Hibbert is a centre forward with good height and aerial ability and is equally as assured on the ball.

The striker was born in Eccleshall and spent several years coming through the ranks at Port Vale, whom he signed for at the age of just nine. He broke into the senior side in 2004, and scored his first two goals for the club against Luton Town in February 2005. A move to Preston North End followed, where he found first team football hard to come by, and went out on loan to Rotherham United.

After a second loan spell, this time with Bradford City, Hibbert left to sign for Shrewsbury Town with whom he achieved relative cult status. The striker made over 100 league appearances in three years with the Shrews before a spell with Peterborough United, sadly plagued by a serious knee injury which kept him out for two entire seasons. Hibbert retired from league football in 2013, since doing well, reviving his career in the non-league game.

Hibbertโ€™s strength and finishing ability will be a handful to the Shaymen if he does feature on Saturday afternoon โ€“ his solitary league goal this season has come against Stalybridge.

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