HEREFORD manager Pete Beadle said it was a 'win win' situation to get goalkeeper Alex Harris back at the club.

The former Cinderford Town stopper has returned to Edgar Street after being released by National League South outfit Gloucester City.

Harris went to Gloucester before the start of the season, despite initially agreeing to stay at Hereford.

"We didn't leave on bad terms, he just wanted the opportunity to play at a higher level, which we can't offer," said Beadle.

"If Alex had left to join a similar or lesser club then I would have been really disappointed.

"I was still disappointed he left, but understood the reasons why.

"But Alex became available this week.

"He played 30 plus games for us and knows how we do things, so it was a win win for both of us.

"We know he is a decent keeper and the timing of it worked out quite well for us.

"He won back-to-back Southern League South & West titles and kept the record for clean sheets.

"He hasn't become a bad keeper overnight, it just didn't quite work out for him at Gloucester."

Harris will play for Lydney Town tomorrow on a dual registration deal and Beadle says it will be tough for him to replace current number one Martin Horsell in the Bulls line up.

"Alex knows the situation," said Beadle.

"He was probably in pole position because he was playing, but he has now come in at this part of the season with Martin playing well.

"But he is prepared to put the work in and knows his game time may be limited.

"But we have faith with in him."

Beadle said he spoke to two other keepers during the past five or six weeks, but both turned him down.

"Whether they thought they would just be sat on the bench, I don't know," added Beadle.

Beadle confirmed that Harris' return will allow teenager Max Harris to get senior football under his belt elsewhere.