MIDFIELDER Yan Klukowski has signed a deal with Hereford FC to become a player/coach for the coming season.

The 33-year-old started life at Bath City before playing in America for a host of teams and then returning to Forest Green Rovers, making 159 appearances.

He went on to play at Newport County, York City, Torquay United and most recently at Hungerford Town last season.

"When I was at Torquay me and Josh (Gowling) struck up a really good relationship and we got talking during the summer as an opportunity to come in as a player and on the coaching side as well," said Klukowski.

"That was a big pull for me at this stage of my career and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead. I think I've made my name during my career as being a box to box scoring midfielder.

"Certainly there is where I feel I get my best football but I've also had some successful spells at the back as well.

"I've been quite versatile throughout my career as well and have played a majority of positions apart from in between the sticks.

"I had a brief spell at York City as a centre-half so I will provide good cover there for the gaffer and for the squad.

"I've represented the British University side that's played in Bangkok in Thailand. You take things and try and improve yourself through your whole career. You take bits and pieces, good things from managers, coaches and players around you to try and improve yourself.

"You also look at the bad things you've experienced and hopefully that shapes you as well."

Klukowski is no stranger to the current Bulls squad having played with Tom Owen-Evans and Lenell John-Lewis at Newport County.

He has also played with Jared Hodgkiss and Paul White at Forest Green Rovers.

"I know five or six lads so when you come into a new football club that always helps, said

I played with Tom (Owen-Evans) and Lenell (John-Lewis) at Newport County so there will be some real continuity with certain players like .

"So to have them relationships built early on will be nice moving forward. I think the team spirit will be excellent and everyone already has a really good report and relationship already so that's a really good basis to build on."

Klukowski scored against the Bulls at Edgar Street when he visited playing for Forest Green Rovers.

"This football club is a sleeping giant and it's a club that is certainly looking to push further up the football pyramid," added Klukowski

"It has an outstanding fanbase, a good playing surface and it's a club that certainly with the fans behind us that we can take places."

Along with his role at Hereford, Klukowski will so also continue his role as lead of the Foundation Phase at Forest Green Rovers Academy overseeing the under-eights to under-12s

"The role that the gaffer has given me is a player/coach role," added Klukowski.

"So to be given that opportunity I'm very thankful and proud to represent Hereford in that role to improve myself and the players around me.

"I've been playing in the National League South the last couple of years while coaching full-time and before that I've played eight to 10 years as a professional.

"The age comes around to every player eventually and you look for that period when you're going to transition and Hereford gives me that opportunity to do that as well as continue to do both roles.

"I'll be staying at Forest Green Academy, it's something I enjoy, but certainly my commitment to Hereford FC won't be diminished by doing both roles.

"Those sessions are in the evenings which allows me to train in the mornings and be available for Saturday and Tuesday games."