Harrogate Railway sign Darlington 1883 forward Amar Purewal on loan

Amar Purewal
Amar Purewal

Harrogate Railway have sent a shockwave to their relegation rivals with the loan signing of Darlington 1883's record goalscorer Amar Purewal.

Purewal is returning to fitness after more than a year out with a cruciate knee ligament injury and the deal will last until the end of March.

He is likely to make his Railway debut in the critical clash against bottom of the league New Mills away on Tuesday night.

The arrival will be a welcome addition for the club who are facing a battle to beat the drop in Evo-Stik First Division North.

Ashforth's men went down 2-1 at home to Bamber Bridge on Saturday after conceding a last minute penalty.

There is now a five-point gap to safety after third bottom Ossett Town beat Burscough 2-1.

Lee Ashforth

Lee Ashforth

A club spokesman said: "This is a significant coup for Railway to have such a player sign for them on loan.

"Amar has been out injured for a significant period of time and is on his way back now.

"He has been training/playing for a few weeks and this is seen as an excellent chance for his to get match fitness and game time."

Railway fans may remember Purewal from when he hit four past the Station View outfit in Darlington 7-1 win last season.

He is Railway's second loan signing from Darlington 1883 following the arrival of Matty Lovegreen last week.

Railway have now made seven signings since former chairman Rob Northfield arrived at the club earlier this year.

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