HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling was told by his contacts in Scotland that new striker Miles Storey was the 'quickest player they'd seen'.

The 27-year-old has spent the last two seasons at Scottish Championship side Inverness Caledonian Thistle.


"I've got some friends up in Scotland," said Gowling.

"They said he is the quickest player they've ever seen. We've watched a lot of him. The way we recruit this year is a bit different.

"We're being a bit more analytical with the way we recruit. He popped up on the radar a long time ago.

"We looked at his stats, what he's been doing up there. Speaking to my friends up there they speak really highly of him.

"Looking at what we need and didn't have last season he gives us something really different."

Gowling says Storey, who started as a scholar at Swindon Town, brings the pace his side has been missing.

"I'm just delighted to get it done, he's got bags of pace which is something we've missed," added Gowling.

"He is a number nine, but can also play in the wide areas. When he has played at Inverness he's played wide and at other clubs he's played left and right.

"He gives us something different which we probably lacked last season which is that bit of pace.

"He is bringing that to the team.

"We're not going to be able to sign 25 or 26 players so we need lads that can be versatile and play in different positions.

"Finn has gone now so obviously there is a position open there. Also we need a number nine, so he fits that build to a tee.

"He brings bags of experience, he knows Luke Haines, Yan (Klukowski) and Tom (Owen-Evans) so he's come into a squad with players that he knowns.

Storey has also played for Shrewsbury Town, Portsmouth, Newport County and Scottish Premier side Aberdeen

"They are big clubs," added Gowling.

"He's a big game player who has played at big clubs in front of big crowds.

"He's going to come here, with the pressure of this place and the pressure I'm going to put on him to perform and I know he'll do that.

"I think he's going to be a real success this season.

"The good thing about him as well is he's physical, he's a big boy who is strong who has got pace but takes the ball well.

"When he gets in front of goal he will score goals so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing him."