James Hanson Signs For AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon have this afternoon confirmed the signing of highly rated experienced striker James Hanson from Sheffield United, the 30 year old target man has a excellent proven track record of scoring goals at Sky Bet League One & Sky Bet League Two levels during eight years at Bradford City and Sheffield United with his style of play making him a real favourite with supporters.
Speaking about the signing of James on a permanent basis, a delighted Neal Ardley said, “We have long been admirers of James, but he has always been that sort of player who was out of our range. I’ve spoken to Chris Wilder (Sheffield United manager) and he said that James massively helped them to promotion that season. Anytime a ball has been put into the box when he’s played against us for Bradford or Sheffield United, I’ve always closed my eyes and hoped for the best. He is so good at attacking balls into the box and it’s something we lacked last season.
“James had a loan move to Bury last season that did not work out, they played one up top and they did not really use him. We fully intend to play as much as we can to him, to try and play attacking football, and get at teams. We want to get balls into the box. One thing we missed last season was that we got into some great positions, but we probably lacked the belief of knowing that we would get on the end of balls into the box. We have four strikers and three of them, Kwesi, Joe, and Cody probably prefer playing off a big man. Joe can do the target man stuff as well.”
Born in Bradford, James did not initially make the grade with his hometown club as a teenager, but prolific spells with Eccleshill United and Guiseley AFC earned him a move to the Bantams in 2009. Hanson won the club’s Player of the Year award in his first season at Bradford City and in 2013 he played in the League Cup Final against Swansea. Despite experiencing initial disappointment at Wembley, he returned there with a bang three months later when he scored in the play-off final to help Bradford to promotion against Northampton Town. Hanson, scored 91 goals in 330 appearances for Bradford before leaving for Sheffield United in January 2017.