daniel platt | goalkeeper














A highly experienced goalkeeper who became Hednesford's new number one in May 2019 after joining the club from Halesowen Town


Kidderminster-based Platt started as a junior at Crewe Alexandra, spending two years at Gresty Road as a professional before being released in the summer of 2010. He joined AFC Telford in August 2010 as understudy to former Hednesford stopper Ryan Young. After a spell as a substitute, Eighteen-year-old Platt was thrust into the first-team picture in September 2010, after Young was red-carded in a game against Vauxhall Motors, retaining the goalkeeper's jersey whilst Young served his suspension


At the end of the campaign, Platt was released by the Bucks and returned to Worcestershire to join Midland Football League side Stourport Swifts as number one. His form attracted the interest of other clubs locally, with Platt stepping up a level in December 2011 to join Evesham United


Platt's steps back up the pyramid continued in July 2012, when he joined Southern Premier League side Redditch United on a one-year deal. Redditch struggled during the 2012-2013 season and finished just above the relegation zone. Platt left in May 2013 and took a two-year spell away from football as he concentrated his efforts on his career in business development


Platt returned to football in the summer of 2015 and joined Halesowen Town, which was to become a fine choice for the player as he cemented his reputation as one of the finest keepers in the Midlands non-league scene over the next four seasons as Halesowen's number one


In August 2015, soon after joining the Yeltz, Platt suffered a horrific injury playing in a friendly against local side Tividale, losing three front teeth in a clash with Tividale Joel Ayetti. He was hit with a £6,500 dental bill which was paid for partly through a fundraising campaign from Halesowen supporters


However, Platt was to suffer another blow just a few weeks later after he had returned to action as he suffered a detached retina in a game against Skelmersdale United that kept him out for a further spell


Once he had returned to full fitness, however, Platt was back in impressive form for the club and was an almost ever-present for the side over the next three seasons as they struggled to retain their step three status. Platt's importance to the team was evident at the end of the 2017-2018 season as he was named the supporters' player of the year after helping his side narrowly avoid relegation to step four


The following season saw Halesowen transferred to the Southern Premier League Central, where they continued to struggle. Three managers came and went over the course of the season but could not find a solution to Halesowen's scoring issues, leading to the Yeltz being relegated to step four once again. Platt had become the club's fifth highest appearance maker ever during the course of the season, clocking up well over 200 appearances for the club


In May 2019, with Halesowen's relegation to the Evo-Stik Division One Central confirmed, Platt made the difficult decision to leave the Grove and return to step three to join Hednesford as their new number one


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