STEVE Edmondson has expressed his delight after clinching the signing of Kieran Maguire from Cumbrian rivals Workington.

The Kendal Town boss has confirmed the attacking midfield man, 27, who netted in the Reds’ 6-1 Integro League Cup victory over the Mintcakes last month, has joined the club and will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s FA Trophy clash at Worksop Town.

“We are very pleased to get Kieran on board,” said Edmondson.

“He’s a very good player and he will be available for the Worksop game.”

The Town boss said he was looking forward to the Worksop clash, which will see Kendal lock horns once more with a side they faced regularly in the old Northern Premier League days of the 1970s.

At that time, Worksop played at their old home of Central Avenue, a windswept stadium they shared with the town’s cricket club.

They have since moved to a new home at Sandy Lane, and after suffering hard times in recent years, took a step back to a return to former glories when they were crowned Northern Counties East champions last term.

That title win earned the Tigers promotion to the BetVictor League South East, the same level as Kendal, where they currently lie in mid-table.

“It’s good to have a cup game to look forward to and it’s a free hit for us so we’ll give it a go,” said Edmondson.

He is optimistic he will have a full strength squad to choose from for the journey to Nottinghamshire with hopes high that Lewis Wainwright will have recovered from injury in time to travel.

And Town go into the game in good spirits after a creditable 1-1 home draw against Droylsden on Saturday.

The game was watched by a group of players from the club’s late 1980s and early 1990s squad, when they were known as Netherfield FC, who gathered at the ST&B Stadium for a reunion.

The ex-players met up with current boss Edmondson, who was also a member of that side, and enjoyed an afternoon sharing memories and watching the present side earn that valuable point.

Should Town draw their FA Trophy tie at Worksop, the home replay will take place next Tuesday.

And Town will not after all have a blank date a week on Saturday, October 19, as it has been confirmed that the league fixture at Clitheroe has been switched to that date.