A HERO from the greatest day in Hucknall Town’s history is coming home — again!
For veteran defender Chris Timons, who captained Town in the FA Trophy final at Villa Park in 2005, is returning to Watnall Road for the fourth time.
Manager Des Lyttle has also lodged seven-day approaches for two other potential new signings, yet to be named, while other players have left in what has been a hectic week of transfer activity.
On-loan ex-professional duo Francis Green and Kallum Keane have departed for Eastwood Town, while midfielders Curtis Shaw and Jermaine Hollis have been released.
But the main focus of attention is on Timons, who has just turned 37 but whom Lyttle is sure can bolster Town’s backline with his vast experience.
The centre-half would have lifted the FA Trophy for The Yellows seven years ago had they not lost that heartbreaking penalty-shootout against Grays Athletic.
He had been snapped up earlier that season by the then-manager Ernie Moss, having started his career in the mid-1990s as a professional at Mansfield Town, where he made 40 first-team starts.
After The Stags, Timons moved on to Leyton Orient, Chesterfield and Halifax Town before drifting into the non-league game.
His first spell at Hucknall was ended in March 2006 when he was released by boss Kevin Wilson to join Harrogate Town. But he was back in the summer of 2007, at the behest of new chief Andy Legg, and even had one game as caretaker manager when Legg was sacked in September of that year.
Timons was surprisingly released again in January 2008 by David Lloyd before returning once more for the ill-fated 2008/09 season, which ended in relegation from the Blue Square North. He made 36 starts before failing to make the retained list of manager Bryan Chambers.
He now re-joins Town after a spell with divisional rivals Rainworth Miners Welfare — and staves off what was potentially a crisis at the heart of the defence for Lyttle.
New signing Aaron Mitchell sustained what appeared to be a serious knee-injury in the Boxing Day defeat at home to Ilkeston Town, which on-loan defender Nathan Stainfield missed because he had returned to Boston United. And with Wayne Diuk and Romaine Graham having only just left, The Yellows ended that match with player/coach Craig Armstrong and Kieran Walker as their centre-backs.
However it now transpires that Mitchell’s knock was not as bad as first thought, while Stainfield is back at Watnall Road, alongside Timons.
“Aaron is improving day by day,” said Lyttle. “The results of his scan were quite good. It’s definitely not cruciate ligament damage.
“He is going to Nottingham Forest for more treatment and, hopefully, it won‘t be too long before he is playing again.”
Also set for a return to action, probably tomorrow (Saturday), is goalkeeper James Lindley after a five-week absence with a dislocated finger. His 18-year-old stand-in, Ben White, has returned to York City with praise ringing in his ears from Lyttle for his efforts at Watnall Road while on loan.
Meanwhile the brief spells of Green (31), Keane (20) and Hollis (25) have been brought to a premature end — all for different reasons.
Lyttle openly admitted that Town were unable to afford another loan deal for former Peterborough United and Lincoln City striker Green, who has now finalised a permanent move to Eastwood from Brackley Town.
Ex-Derby County midfielder Keane, who was released by Exeter City last month, has also switched to the higher level of football at Coronation Park in a bid to boost his chances of reviving his professional career.
While Lyttle has decided that Hollis is not the answer. even though the winger made a good start to his second spell at Hucknall when signing in early November.
Like Shaw, he was also dropped for disciplinary reasons last month.