Reece King | Midfield














A tall, combative midfielder who re-joined the Pitmen from Vanarama National League North side Leamington in August 2019


A trainee at West Midlands League side Malvern Town, King made his first-team bow as a 16-year-old in a game against AFC Wulfrunians in October 2011, going on to make a handful of appearances - mainly as a substitute - during the remainder of the 2011-2012 season


The following season saw King become a fixture in Malvern's team, making over thirty appearances during their West Midlands League campaign. He repeated this the following season, scoring five times in the process. Over the next three seasons, King was to make over 100 appearances for the side, earning the captaincy of the club in his final season. He spent time on trial at Vanarama National League North side Gloucester, before suffering an unfortunate leg break mid-way through the campaign


 Despite this setback, Gloucester manager Tim Harris came back for the player and agreed a deal until the end of the season, with King making a handful of appearances at the back end of the campaign. He agreed a new deal with the Tigers in the summer, despite them being moved across to the Southern Division of the National League due to restructuring


After another handful of appearances at the start of the 2017-2018 season, King joined Hednesford on an initial one month loan in September 2017 after the arrival of Rob Smith. He impressed in his defensive midfield role, making ten appearances in all after having his loan extended on November 2017


However, his loan was cut short on December 2017 after Gloucester recalled him. He returned to Keys Park on a longer loan later on the month, with King joining the Pitmen until the end of the season


 Despite being in and out of the side during the remainder of a campaign that tailed off dramatically, King did enough to impress Rob Smith and Larry Chambers and take up the option on the youngster to keep him at the club for the 2018-2019 season. His campaign got off to the worst possible start - a red card early on in the opening day defeat to Scarborough Athletic - before a string of inconsistent performances and another red card away at Hyde United saw King banned for another spell


Despite this setback, King was still very much in the thoughts of new manager Nicky Eaden, with King growing into his midfield role from February 2019 onwards after Eaden had shown faith in the rangy midfielder. King's fine form towards the end of the season saw him named as Manager’s Player the Season, Players’ Player of the Season, Travel Club Player of the Season and was runner-up to Nathan Fox for Supporters’ Player of the Season


In June 2019, with the Pitmen moving to the Southern League Central, King decided to try his luck at step two once more with a move to Vanarama National League North side Leamington. After six substitute appearances for the Brakes, he returned to Hednesford in August ahead of the Pitmen's home game against Needham Market


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