Hallam FC captain James Reed is celebrating five years since he made his debut for the club.

James, 24, joined Hallam FC in 2014 after spending 11 years at Boston United and being scouted for The Countrymen while playing for The University of Sheffield.

James said: “It doesn’t feel like five years. There’s been a lot of change at the club, like all non-league clubs. One thing that has been a constant is how much I enjoy working with the people here.

“If you told me on the night that I signed for the club that I would still be here in five years time, I might not have believed you. Especially after I saw the hill!

The midfielder has become a fan favourite in his five-year spell at the club.

James said: “I’m a loyal person in general. It’s the people that make me want to stay. It doesn’t matter if we had the best stadium in the world, it doesn’t change the fantastic chairman, manager and backroom staff we have at Hallam.

“The big thing for me is to get fit, get back into the team and keep going. I want to be at this club when we get promoted out of this league.”

Manager Stephen Whitehead was full of praise for the captain of his side.

Stephen said: “Over his five years, he’s gone from being a boy to a man. Half a decade at a club, that shows what sort of a person he is. He deserves all the tributes and accolades he’s getting.

“The family feel around Sandygate is really important job to James. He brings togetherness to Hallam with a strong friendship with the other players. Its brought the best out of him as well.

Giving an update on Reed’s fitness, Stephen said: “He’s about 75% match fit. We gave him about six weeks off and we didn’t want to see him suffer any more long terms injuries. He’s had a few little niggles and hopefully, now we’ll get a fit and hungry James that can lead us to a promotion push.”

Hallam are at home this Saturday to Winterton Rangers. More information about the club can be found on their website – https://www.hallamfc.co.uk.