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Aron Wilford Signs For Clyde

Mon, 2nd Aug 2004 12:00am

Clyde today signed the versatile 6ft 3" Aron Wilford on a one year deal.

The Scarborough-born twenty-two year old began his career as an apprentice with Middlesbrough but left The Riverside at the end of season 2000-01, returning to his home town team where he made ten Nationwide League appearances and played once in the F.A. Cup. At the end of 2001-02 he was surprisingly released by Scarborough.

Unibond League side Whitby Town immediately snapped him up, a good day's work by the Seasiders. At the Turnbull Ground Aron proved himself to be a good two-footed defender, a midfielder who was keen to get attacks going, whilst as a striker he brought power and pace to the front line.

He remained at Whitby until the end of the 2002-03 season. By then he had played fifty Unibond League matches and had scored twenty times. He was Whitby's top scorer, and his excellent scoring record began attracting Nationwide League scouts. He joined Nationwide Third Division York City on 25 July 2003 and impressed in their pre-season fixtures. However, he was unfit to start in the first few games of the season proper and played in just eight competitive games for the Minstermen, four of them League starts, scoring twice.

Aron has since been on record as stating that he felt disappointed that he was not given a chance to score the goals that might have prevented York City's relegation to the Nationwide Conference, especially considering that none of the other York strikers were doing particularly very well.

In mid-December 2003, York City loaned him out to the Unibond League's Worksop Town, for whom he played twice. Earlier in the season he had also played six matches in the Unibond for Harrogate Town.

On 18 March 2004 his contract with York City was terminated by mutual consent and seven days later he joined Nationwide Second Division Lincoln City, where he remained for the rest of last season.

Many Imps fans regarded it as a major surprise when Lincoln agreed to release Aron. During his eight week spell at Sincel Bank he was used as a late substitute in most games. His robust play impressed, as did his scoring ratio. A goal with his first touch against Yeovil Town took his tally for the Third Division campaign to three, plus two he had netted earlier with York City.

Aron's most recent action has been as a trialist for Darlington against Blackpool and his old team Whitby Town. His first priority will be to get his fitness level in line with his new team mates at Broadwood.