Kieran is an experienced holding midfielder who is also used by Nigel Clough as both a centre-back and left full-back. This versatility has made Kieran an integral part of Burton Albion’s first team. Described as the next Gareth Barry, Kieran started his playing career with Nottingham Forest, joining their youth set up in 2004. He spent 10 years with Forest before leaving to join Ilkeston FC on a non-contract basis. Kieran spent one season with Ilkeston, making 18 appearances in the Northern Premier League throughout the season. During his spell he caught the eye of League One side Sheffield United, and in November 2014, United completed the signing of Kieran on a deal until the end of the season. He made his debut on the 13th December away at Fleetwood, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. After making three more appearances following his debut, Kieran was sent on loan to Lincoln City. He made six appearances for Lincoln before returning to Sheffield at the end of the season. The Blades decided to extend their right to a further year on Kieran’s contract for the 2015-16 season. He featured prominently during pre-season, with new manager Nigel Adkins playing him in a new position at centre-back opposed to his usual midfield role. After impressing throughout pre-season, Kieran appeared regularly for United during the start of the campaign at both centre-back and left-back. He ended the season with 13 appearances in all competitions. During the 2016-17, Kieran joined Fleetwood Town on loan. Upon his return to Sheffield United, his contract was terminated by mutual consent. Kieran then joined Matlock Town F.C on the 7th October 2017. On that very day he made his debut for the side, starting at left back during Matlock’s game against Stalybridge Celtic. In 2018 Kieran made his return to the Football League, signing for Burton Albion in League One. The move saw Kieran reunite with his old manager Nigel Clough, who was in charge at Sheffield United when Kieran first joined in 2014.
David Worrall is a vastly experienced and versatile midfielder, currently playing for John Askey’s Port Vale side. He began his playing career at Bury, making his debut at just 16. In March of 2007 he was sold to West Bromwich Albion for £50,000. David spent the majority of his time at West Brom out on loan, featuring for Accrington Stanley, Shrewsbury Town and back at Bury, before resigning for Bury on a permanent deal in January 2010. His second spell at Bury was a massive success, winning the clubs young player of the year for the 2009-10 season before helping his side win promotion out of League Two the following season. The 2011-12 season was one of David’s finest, picking up the Bury Player of the Year award. At the end of the 2012-13 season Bury were relegated and David moved on to Rotherham United. After a season with Rotherham he moved onto Southend United and once again helped his side to promotion out of League Two. His form with Southend saw him sign for Millwall for a season, where yet again his side secured promotion, this time out of League One. In August 2017, David signed for Port Vale.
Paul Lewis is a central midfielder currently playing for Cambridge United. He began his career at Macclesfield Town, where fellow BKM client John Askey promoted him to the first team. Paul spent four years with the Silkmen, making almost 100 appearances in the centre of midfield. In January of 2017, Lewis left Macclesfield and signed for League Two side Cambridge United for an undisclosed fee. Following his move to Cambridge, Paul went out on loan to Dover Athletic on a short-term basis before re-joining Cambridge to play a key part in their run-in at the end of last season.
George was born in Manchester and started his career with Premier League powerhouse Manchester City. He worked his way through the youth set-up with the Manchester side before being named as the captain of the Elite Development Squad. In August 2016, George was sent out on loan to Fleetwood Town for the season and made 9 appearances in League One during his loan period, and his form was enough to persuade Fleetwood to sign him on a permanent basis just 6 months later. George went on to make over 70 appearances after signing a permanent deal with the Highbury-based side before leaving at the end of the 2017-18 season. In July 2018, George signed for League Two side Carlisle United on a one-year deal. He has already made a number of appearances for side this season, even grabbing his first professional goal in an EFL Trophy game against Morecambe.
Alex Hurst is a young English midfielder who we have recently placed at Port Vale FC. He is part of our exciting BKM Next Generation Elite Players and Port Vale have agreed to send him back to Bradford (Park Avenue) on loan until January 2020 to continue his development. He started his playing career with Crewe Alexandra’s academy, a club renowned for the high calibre of player it produces. During his time with Crewe Alex represented the clubs U18 and U23 sides before leaving at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. At the start of the season Matlock showed interest in Alex and offered him a trial with the side. After impressing throughout the period, Matlock eventually decided to sign him. Alex featured in pre-season fixtures against Derby County, Gresley and Chesterfield and caught the eye of Bradford. By October of the same season Alex had signed with them and has since established himself as one of they best young players in the division. In the summer of 2019 he joined League Two side Port Vale, before being send back to Bradford on loan for the season.
Alex Newby is a professional football player, currently playing for Chorley FC in the National League North. Alex is the modern day forward, being able to cover all attacking roles, from on either wing to the number 10 role or even as a striker. He started his career at Bolton Wanderers, joining the club’s academy at the age of 9. He would stay there until he was 16 before moving to Morecambe. After 2 years with Morecambe Alex moved on to his home town club Barrow. Alex spent 2 years with Barrow, which included a loan spell at Kendal Town, before joining Clitheroe in the Evo-Stick Division One North in October 2017. It was here where Alex really started to make a name for himself. He made 25 appearances for the club during a three-month period, scoring 19 goals and a further 14 assists. His incredible form caught the eye of Chorley Fc and BKM client Matt Jansen who was in charge at the time. On January 2018 deadline day Chorley announced they had signed Alex on a deal until the end of the 2018/19 season, a move which saw Alex move up two divisions. Throughout the rest of the season Alex made 14 appearances for Chorley, scoring 3 goals and assisting 5. He started the 2018/19 season off in fine form and has already scored over 10 goals this season.
Niall Maher currently plays as a versatile defender for Halifax Town. He began his career with Bolton Wanderers when he was just 10 years old. In 2015 Niall was sent out on a one-month loan to Blackpool and made his Football League debut in January of that year. Upon the completion of his loan, Niall returned to Bolton and made his first team debut in April 2016. At the end of the 2015/16 season Niall left Bolton to join their close neighbours Bury on a 12 months deal. Following one season with Bury he joined Galway United in the League of Ireland Premier Division. In March of 2018 Niall joined Halifax Town.
Sam Minihan is an English footballer currently playing for Stockport County. Sam was born in Rochdale, and it’s here where his career began. He signed on a two-year scholarship with Rochdale in 2010. After a few years in the youth set up Sam made his professional debut on April 14th, 2012, a game in which Rochdale won 3-2 against Exeter City. In May of the same year Sam signed a two-year contract. Sam went on to join Droylsden on loan, where he made 14 appearances during his time there. In 2013 Sam left Rochdale. From 2013 to 2015 Sam went to Loughborough University, and played for Loughborough University FC in the Midland Football League, captaining the team on numerous occasions. At the beginning of the 2015-16 season, Sam joined Worcester City on a one-year deal. Throughout the season he made thirty-four appearances for the first team, and even popped up with a goal. Thanks to such an impressive season, Sam was named Young Player of the Season, and Players Player of the Season. In June 2016, same made the decision not to renew his contract with Worcester and went on to join Stockport County. In his first season with the club Sam had a massive impact. He made forty-three appearances in all competitions, as well as scoring twice, helping County to an 8th place finish. Sam went on to pick up the Young Player of the Year Award in his first season with the club and was rewarded with a new two-year deal. Unfortunately, the 2017-18 season was disrupted by injury, with Sam only managing 11 appearances, but he is now back to full fitness and playing a key part in the team this season.
Dan started his career playing for Buxton Juniors and New Mills as a youngster before he joined Macclesfield Towns youth set up. He would break into the Macclesfield first team by the end of the 2013/14 season, resulting in Macclesfield offering him his first professional deal that summer. During his time with Macclesfield Dan gained vital experience by going out on loan to both Ashton United and Chorley, the second during the time when BKM client Matt Jansen was in charge. He would return to the Silkmen and make almost 50 appearances. At the end of the 2016/17 season, Dan decided to leave his local team Macclesfield in search of a new challenge. In the end it was Stockport Country who decided to sign Dan, with manager Jim Gannon being impressed by Dan’s skill and versatility during past encounters against him. In his first season with the club Dan featured in the majority of games in the National League North, proving to be an assured presence in the defence.
Shwan Jalal is a footballer for Chesterfield FC, signing with them in May of 2018. Shwan has had an illustrious career, spanning over 16 years. Starting his career at Hastings Town in 1999, he began to gain attention as a teenager from multiple National League Clubs. This led to Tottenham Hostpur signing Shwan in 2001. He spent a few years at Spurs but couldn’t break into the first team, and in 2002 he left for Woking, initially on loan, and in 2004 he permanently signed. Shwan went on to make 85 appearances before leaving for Peterborough in 2008. He spent 1 season at Peterborough, being sent out on loan twice to Morecambe and Bournemouth. It was the later loan move that resulted in a permanent move. Jalal was a part of the Bournemouth side who rose through the Football League ranks, beginning with promotion from League Two in 2009. In the next season Bournemouth reached the League One play-offs, but unfortunately lost to Huddersfield on penalties. In the 2012-13 season Eddie Howe guided Shwan and the Bournemouth team to another promotion into the championship. In 2014 Shwan left Bournemouth after almost 6 years and joined Bury after a successful trial, 1 year later Jalal left the club and ended up at Macclesfield in 2015. He spent one season there, making 37 appearances, before leaving for Wrexham. Once again Shwan spent a season with the club before making a Macclesfield return in 2017. He starred for the Silkmen in their National League Championship, and earned himself a place in the Vanarama National League Team of the Season. At the end of the 2017-18 season Shwan left Macclesfield and joined Chesterfield FC.
Keith Lowe is a centre-back who most recently played for Macclesfield Town. His career has spanned over a decade now, playing through the English Football League divisions. Beginning his career with Wolverhampton in the Championship, Lowe made a handful of appearances during his time there, but spent a lot of his time on loan spells away with Burnley, QPR and Swansea to name a few. In 2008, Lowe moved on to Kidderminster Harriers, playing 43 times during his only season at the club. In 2009, Lowe left Kidderminster Harriers due to budgetary concerns on the clubs part. A return to the Football League then came, with Lowe signing for Hereford in 2009, before moving onto Cheltenham Town. He spent 3 and a half seasons with Cheltenham, making over 100 appearances, but midway through the 2013-14 season he left to join York City. In 2014-15, Lowe played all but one of York City’s games and established himself as on of the first names on the team sheet, but midway through the 2015-16 season, he left York to rejoin Kidderminster Harriers. At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, Lowe decided to join Macclesfield Town, and was instrumental at the heart of the defence during their title winning season, playing every single minute of their 46 games.
Ben is an experienced goalkeeper currently in his fourth campaign with Stockport County. Often described as “the best goalkeeper in non-league”, Ben has enjoyed a very successful stint with County over the last few years, including winning the National League North title in 2019.
A regular in the annual “Team of the Season” awards, both in his time with County, and before that with AFC Fylde, where he enjoyed four successive playoff campaigns, Ben is no stranger to successful teams and personal accolades.
Starting his career at Preston North End, Ben went on to sign for then-Premier League outfit Derby County in 2007 before a stint at Oxford United in 2008. Prior to joining Fylde in 2012 he had spells at Bamber Bridge and Northwich Victoria amongst others, but it was at Mill Farm where Ben settled, and will always be fondly remembered at the club for scoring the winning penalty in their 2014 playoff final victory over Ashton United.
With key attributes being his shot-stopping, kicking and handling, BKM are excited to be working with Ben going forward into 2020.
Isaac is an exciting young central midfielder who plays for Huddersfield Town’s Elite Development Team. He’s currently on loan at National League North side Bradford Park Avenue, where he is gaining vital experience playing senior football.
Isaac joined hometown club Huddersfield at under-9 age group, and has excelled at all levels of youth football since then, approaching his football with a professional and determined attitude at all times.
Brief loan spells at Brighouse Town and Larne preceded his current spell at Avenue, where he has really come of age playing in tough conditions and experiencing all the senior game has to offer. We at BKM look forward to watching Isaac progress in his career and will aim to assist him in every way we can