SAM GRIFFITHS | DEFENCE

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BILSTON

11.2.1992

6ft

@SAMGRIFFITHS92

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An experienced and versatile defender who arrived at Keys Park for a third spell at the club in June 2019, having played for a spell at Halesowen Town

 

A local lad who started his career as a junior at Wolves, Griffiths left Molineux in the summer of 2011 to join Brentford, where he played over thirty games for their Development squad over a two year period. He joined Ryman Premier League neighbours Carshalton Athletic on a month's loan in December 2012, playing five games on loan before returning to Griffin Park in January 2013

 

Brentford decided against offering Griffiths a new contract in the summer of 2013, with the player joining Skrill Premier side Braintree Town on a free transfer in August. He rejoined Carshalton on a dual registration deal shortly after the start of the new season before returning to the Iron and making a handful of appearances for them in the league. In December 2013, he returned to the Ryman Premier League with a six-week loan at Enfield Town

 

After leaving Braintree at the end of the season and returning to his native Midlands, Griffiths linked up with the Pitmen ahead of their first pre-season friendly with AFC Wulfrunians. In the next three games, he impressed sufficiently for manager Rob Smith to offer him terms ahead of the new Conference North season. However, the signing of Jamie Ashmore towards the end of pre-season pushed Griffiths down the pecking order, forcing him to leave the Pitmen in search of first-team football and link up with Stafford

 

The next three seasons saw Griffiths play as a virtual ever-present for Rangers, as they earned themselves promotion back to step three in 2016 after getting promoted from the Evo-Stik Division One South. Griffiths remained a fixture in the side as Neil Kitching steered Rangers to two mid-table finishes, a Walsall Senior Cup and a Staffordshire Senior Cup (against Hednesford) in the next two years

 

However, Kitching's departure from Rangers in May 2018, coupled with Stafford remaining north in the new restructuring programme, saw several players depart the club, with Griffiths electing to return to Keys Park on the same day as club-mate Josh Craddock. Playing in a number of positions across defence, Griffiths was one of the high points for the Pitmen in the first half of a tough 2018-2019 season as they adapted to life back in the Northern Premier League after being moved back by the Football Association

In December 2019, with manager Rob Smith departing for Halesowen, Griffiths and a number of his highly-regarded team-mates followed Smith to the Grove. Griffiths was a virtual ever-present in an ever-changing Yeltz side, with Smith failing to find a blend and receiving his marching orders in March 2019

 

In June 2019, with Halesowen relegated back to step four and in the midst of a rebuilding job, Griffiths agreed to return to Keys Park for a third time with Hednesford now a Southern League Central side for 2019-2020. He once again proved his worth to the club with a number of fine performances at right-back, left-back and mainly centre-back before the 2019-2020 season was ended early in March 2020 and subsequently voided due to the coronavirus pandemic

 

The experienced and popular Griffiths was handed a new deal by the club in June 2020 after new manager Andy Morrell offered the versatile player a chance to continue his spell at the PRG Stadium @ Keys Park

 

* Denotes playing records removed after 2019-2020 season was voided due to coronavirus pandemic

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