HEREFORD FC have completed the permanent signing of pacey forward Ryan McLean.

The 21-year-old joined on loan from Newcastle Town last season where he used his 'lightning pace' to devastating affect scoring nine goals in 10 games this season.

However, he played just one game against Brackley Town before the season was curtailed.

McLean was cup tied in the FA Trophy but continued to train with the club.

"I've been a few months and played the last (league) game of the season which was bad timing with the loan," said McLean.

"It was still a good experience and gave me a taste for it. All I could do was play as well as I could.

"The gaffer has been impressed and wants me to be here next year.

"I've loved it, there is a mixture of older lads and quite a few younger lads, it's been a good experience.

"I'm one of the only ones who hasn't been a professional so for me playing in a team like that, it's a great experience to keep learning and improving.

"Coming on loan it could potentially not happen but I'm buzzing that it has all gone through.

"I get told I'm quick, direct, like to score and just like to excite the fans really.

"Hopefully I can get as many league games in as possible, get some goals and then see what happens.

"We've got Westfields in a few weeks which will be a good test."


McLean was at Shrewsbury Town Academy and has spent time training with Port Vale and Salford.

He has also played for Market Drayton before Newcastle Town.

"I started at Shrewsbury and ended up at Newcastle (Town) where I really took off, developed there and had a lot of interest and ended up at Hereford," said McLean.