Mossley have signed Hyde FC striker Danny Broadbent. The powerful target man scored 7 goals in 21 games in Hyde's promotion season last year but incurred an injury that has kept him out of action this season up to this point.

Broadbent (22) began his career as a junior with Hudersfield Town and forced his way into first team reckoning in 2007 at just 17 years of age, having represented England at under 16 level.

He made his first team debut against Oldham Athletic in October 2007 and in March 2008 Broadbent won the League One 'Apprentice of the Year' award at the Football League Awards in London. He made a total of 6 first team appearances for the Terriers and also had loan spells with Rushden & Diamonds, Gateshead and Harrogate Town.

Following his release by Huddersfield in 2009 he signed for Harrogate Town and in 2010 he joined Curzon Ashton. A successful season at Curzon saw him then follow manager Gary Lowe to Hyde in 2011.

Broadbent is added to the squad for this Tuesday's semi final of the Manchester FA Premier Cup against Maine Road.

Also added to the squad for Tuesday is midfielder Rick Sopel who has been training with Mossley for several weeks since returning from playing for Redlands United in Brisbane, Australia. Former Myerscough College graduate Sopel (25) was previously with Curzon Ashton, Stalybridge Celtic, Rochdale Town and Chadderton.

Meanwhile, midfielder Chris Rowney has departed for neighbours Curzon Ashton. The former Oldham Athletic player made a big impact for the Lilywhites in the 2010/11 season and won the Mossleyweb Player of the Year award. He then spent a year with Woodley Sports before returning to Mossley in August 2012.

Unfortunately, Chris failed to recapture the form he had shown in his previous spell at Seel Park and has made the move down the road with the club's blessing. Chris made a total of 72 appearances for Mossley, scoring 10 goals.

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Danny Broadbent