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The Coasters Secure Hankin Signing

Hankin in action for Chester FC

The Coasters have completed their second summer signing securing the signature of Dave Hankin from Blue Square North Champions Chester FC for an undisclosed fee.

The attacking midfielder is set to join Fylde ahead of next season and team up with former Chester colleagues Bradley Barnes and Jimmy McCarthy.

Fylde Manager Dave Challinor was delighted to confirm this latest signing but added:  "In all honesty, in comes twelve months later than I had hoped, as we came very close to getting him last summer but Chester came in with a good offer and the lure of a bigger club in a higher division tempted him to go there.

"He arrives with bags of experience in the Conference with Kidderminster and Conference North with Chester and Stalybridge and will be a big signing for us.  He is typically a winger but can play in other positions and I do believe he'll be very effective in one of those positions."

Challinor also said of his aquisition: "He's not a 20-goal-a-season winger like some but his delivery from open play and dead ball situations is fantastic.  He's a local lad, knows what we're about and we are really looking forward to working with him.  He's the second player we've added that will undoubtedly add quality to the squad.

The new signings hopefully wont stop there as he noted: "I hope to be able to announce another signing soon and others in the not to distant future.  It really is a time of having to be patient.  Yes we want to get our targets but unfortunately it is not always that simple.  What we will do, is make sure we get the right ones and come August 17th, know that we've got a squad together that is going to win this league and I'm confident we will do that."

Full interview with Dave Hankin to follow...
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