Staffordshire club Hanley Town have announced that former Stoke City defender Carl Dickinson is to become the outfit’s player-manager once his contract with Yeovil Town expires.
The ex-Port Vale full-back pens a three-year-deal at Potteries Park.
The 33-year-old’s contract with National League Yeovil runs out in June and will take up the vacant manager’s spot at Hanley following the departure of Mick Morton last month.
Academy graduate Dickinson made his first-team debut for Stoke in their 1-0 Championship win over Coventry City in December 2004.
He would go on to play 59 games for the Potters and was an important cog in the squad that won promotion to the Premier League in the 2007/08 season.
Dickinson moved to Port Vale in 2013, featuring for the club 143 times and eventually being given the captain’s armband.
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He scored four goals and assisted 11 more for the Valiants during his three-year stay.
The left-back left Vale Park in 2016 for Notts County, where he spent two years before being snapped up by Yeovil.
Dickinson played for a number of clubs earlier in his career including Watford, Leeds United, Portsmouth, Blackpool and Coventry City.
He also spent the summer of 2006 on loan at Icelandic outfit Vikingur, making two appearances.
A spokesperson for Hanley Town said: “We can confirm we have agreed in principle a three-year-deal with Carl Dickinson to become player/manager upon expiry of his current contract with Yeovil Town.
“We would like to thank Yeovil Town for their cooperation in this matter.”
Club fans were overjoyed about the news, many of whom expressed their delight on social media.
“What a coup! Utter legend!” one commented.
Another added: “Unbelievable from the club,” while a fellow fan agreed: “Should be a great appointment. Hope he does well.”
Yeovil supporters voiced their sadness that a much-loved player would be moving on this summer.
One humble fan remarked: “Sad to see him leave Yeovil but what a signing this is for Hanley”
Another wrote: “I’m happy for you Dicko but absolutely gutted you’re leaving us, but you’ll be so much closer to your family.”
Yeovil Town FC itself wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations, Dicko!
“All at YTFC would like to wish [Carl Dickinson] all the best in his next adventure following the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.”
Hanley will have two former Stoke legends at the club after Ricardo Fuller joined the North West Counties Premier Division side last year.
Hanley Town’s season was cut short for the second year in a row after the FA announced it was curtailing the 2020/21 season for clubs between steps 3-6 of the National League System.
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