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Hill signs short-term Hereford deal

Jahquil Hill has become the third Bermuda player to join Hereford after being granted international clearance to play for the English non-League side last week.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper has signed until the end of the season and was an unused substitute in their 2-2 draw away to United of Manchester in the National League North on Saturday.

“It feels good to finally sign for Hereford,” Hill said. “I was supposed to sign about a month ago. I knew my international clearance was going to take a while, but I didn't think it was going to take this long.

“All I have to do now is work hard to try and get into the starting line-up.”

Hill is following in the footsteps of compatriots Kentoine Jennings and Meshach Wade, who had stints together with the club in the early 1990s when it was known as Hereford United.

The club was wound up in the High Court in 2014 after a petition had been brought against it by HM Revenue and Customs. Following the demise of United, a new “phoenix club” was being set up.

“The club is not new to Bermudians, so I felt comfortable going in after being told that,” he added.

Hill said he has received a warm welcome at the Midlands outfit.

“It's just a good vibe, a good feeling and I'm just going to keep working my way into the team,” he said.

Hill was thrust straight into Hereford's squad for their game against United of Manchester, who grabbed a controversial late equaliser to salvage a point.

“The referee gave a free kick which they scored from in the last two minutes of the match,” he said.

“It was a bad decision by the referee. I think we should have definitely won.”

Hereford play in the sixth tier of English football.

“It's a really good league and it's my first time in this league,” Hill added.

The former Rushall Olympic player returned to England on Friday from international duty with Bermuda in Cuba, where the Kyle Lightbourne's side lost 5-0 against the Caribbean island in a friendly.

“It was a good experience and I got some game time,” Hill said. “It was unfortunate about the result, but we will learn and build from it.”

Hill has also had stints with English non-League sides Ilkeston and Stafford Rangers, as well as League 1 Ontario side Oakville Blue Devils.

Hereford were promoted to the National League North last season.

Bermuda goalkeeper Jahquil Hill (Photograph by Hereford FC)

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Published March 04, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated March 04, 2019 at 12:35 am)

Hill signs short-term Hereford deal

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