Hednesford Town have captured the signature of former Aston Villa youth player Joshua Webb.
The 25-year-old was a regular in the Villains’ Under-23 side, going on to make 72 appearances and scoring one goal.
The full-back was a part of the 2012/13 youth squad that lifted the NextGen Series title – a now-defunct Under-19 European club competition.
Later that year he made his England Under-18s debut in a 1-0 defeat to Belgium.
He had previously played at Under-16 and Under-17 level for his country.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Webb said: “I’m excited to become a Pitman, and I’m looking forward to putting on the shirt.
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“I will give my all, every game for the fans. Having seen the styles of play been developed under Keenan Meakins-Richards and the management team, it was an opportunity that I could not miss out on.
“There’s a belief building, there’s a vision, and there’s an end goal. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?”
In 2016, Webb made the move north of the border to Scotland to sign for Kilmarnock.
He played one Premiership game and made two Scottish League Cup appearances during his nine-month stay.
Following his release he signed for non-league Kidderminster Harriers and started coaching youngsters at Aston Villa.
Webb primarily plays as a right back but can operate anywhere across the backline.
Webb a ‘great fit’ – Hednesford boss
Hednesford boss Keenan Meakin-Richards was pleased with his acquisition.
He said: “Webb adds to our growing strength and depth in the squad.
“He is a great footballer who we have analysed in detail.
“We felt he was a great fit for our team, to allow us to push and challenge for where we wish to develop the team to, for now and the future.”
The news comes after striker Louis Dodds left the Pitmen for Staffordshire rivals Hanley Town.
Hednesford had their season cut short for the second year in a row after the FA announced that the 2020/21 season for Step 3 and below was cancelled amid the pandemic.
The Pitmen earned seven points in the four Southern league games the played prior to the announcement.
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