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Keeper Hall hunting for new club

Out-of-contract goalkeeper Freddy Hall has returned to the UK where he hopes to resurrect his stuttering professional football, writes Stephen Wright

Hall has been looking for a new club since being released by Toronto FC at the end of the last season after making seven appearances for the Major League Soccer side.

The former Northampton Town shot stopper is understood to be open-minded about his next move and would be happily explore options in other European countries.

Paul Scope, Bermuda Hogges' owner, who recommended Hall to Toronto, believes it's only a matter of time before the 28-year-old is back between the sticks.

“Freddy's looking to get his career back on track and has several options and is just waiting for an opportunity,” said Scope.

“We've been able to get his international clearance so he's ready to go whenever the opportunity arises.

“We don't have anything concrete yet, but he has several options in the UK, Scotland and maybe even Europe.”

Hall, Scope and Bradford's Nahki Wells all attended Ilkeston FC's game on Monday night in a show of support for Bermuda striker Antwan Russell.

Despite Ilkeston's strong connection with Bermuda, Scope ruled out Hall making a move to the non-league side.

“We watched Ilkeston's game on Monday, then Barnet's game on Tuesday when Freddy met his agent, and we saw Rai Simons play for Ilkeston's Academy in the FA Youth Cup tonight,” added Scope.

“While Freddy enjoyed seeing the Bermuda guys at Ilkeston he's looking for somewhere a bit higher for the next stage of his career.”

As a free agent, Hall is able to sign for a club outside the transfer window and therefore could be viewed a ‘quick-fix' by any team that loses a keeper through injury.

“Freddy decided it was best for to be based in England, as when you're in Bermuda the opportunities are a little rarer,” Scope said.

“Now the transfer window has closed, what Freddy has to do is wait for a keeper to have an injury or something like that.

“If a club is not carrying more than two keepers then Freddy could jump on it.”

Bermuda international Simons continued his scoring form, bagging a brace in Ilkeston Academy's 7-0 win over Deeping Rangers in the FA Youth Cup last night.

Bermuda connection: Bradford's Nahki Wells (far left), national team keeper Freddy Hall (centre right), Bermuda Hogges owner Paul Scope (centre left) and Ilkeston FC chairman Dave Mantle attended a game the New Manor Ground on Monday night. Ilkeston, featuring Bermuda's Antwan Russell, lost 4-3 to King's Lynn.

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Published September 26, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm)

Keeper Hall hunting for new club

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