Former Barnet professional Nicky Deverdics has joined Tadcaster Albion’s title quest until the end of the season.
Deverdics, 26, signed for Albion on Tuesday after owners i2i Sports spotted his talent at the Football League exit trials at Manchester City’s training ground last week
The Newcastle-born midifelder was thrust straight into action last night in Albion’s League Cup third round clash at Division One side Eccleshill United after the News went to press.
Deverdics had a spell at Faroe Islands side TB Tvøroyri last season and has also played for Gretna and Blyth Spartans,
Albion assistant Mike Morton said the experienced recruit hoped to step back into the Football League after a successful spell at the 2inspire Stadium.
Morton said: “He has good pedigree. From what he has done he must have something about him.
“Hopefully he will give great experience for the young lads and he will also give us that little bit of quality on the field.”
Albion have also been boosted by the return of midfielder Joel Dixon after an unsuccessful spell on trial at Norwegian side Ullensaker Kisa IL.
Dixon, who also trains at Brian Deane’s IAFE academy in Leeds, spent last week in Jessheim.
But, despite impressing, he was sent home.
Dixon said: “It didn’t work out as they couldn’t afford to bring me over and pay wages, my flat and expenses.
“It’s gutting but Brian Deane my academy director said more opportunities will come so keep working hard and he’ll keep working to get me other chances.
“It was a quality experience. I found I could cope at the level comfortably so I’m happy.”
Albion’s title ambitions hit a snag on Saturday when mid-table Athersley Recreation held Paul Marshall’s table toppers to a 2-2 draw.
Striker Carl Stewart bagged a brace to overturn an early deficit before Ryan White’s goal on 66 minutes shared the spoils.
“When we got on top we missed a couple of chances and then when they scored we were under the cosh,” added Morton.
“It was like a boxing match.”
Stewart’s double took his seasonal tally to 28, one strike behind the league’s top shooter Kieran Debrouwer of Heanor Town.
Morton said the Brewers’ top hitman was well on his way to eclipsing his 30-goal target after returning to match sharpness.
However, Albion’s goal machine will be missing for this Saturday’s trip to second-bottom Nostell Miners Welfare.