HEREFORD FC have signed striker Andy Williams who will return to Edgar Street on July 1 when his contract with Walsall expires.

Williams, aged 36, started his career with Hereford United and helped them into the Football League after beating Halifax Town in the 2006 play-off final.

He went on to play for Bristol Rovers, Yeovil, Swindon, Doncaster, Northampton, Cheltenham and then Walsall where he made 30 appearances last season.

Hereford manager Paul Caddis told the club’s website: “First and foremost, I think the capture of Andy Williams is a real coup for our football club and I genuinely believe that the support from everyone getting behind the season ticket sales and squad builder campaign has had a big impact on getting this done. 

“The interest levels have been absolutely mind blowing considering we are only five weeks post season and nine weeks before our opening game, and Andy has been very much aware of what has been going on.

“It goes without saying that I am delighted to see ‘Willo’ return to Edgar Street, the stadium where he started out on his long and established football league career. He truly has a connection to this city.

“Willo is an ex team-mate – and opponent – so I know what makes him tick and I know what his strengths are in terms of the threat he possesses to worry opposition teams.