CENTRAL defender Kyle Howkins has penned a new deal to remain playing for Hereford next season.

The six-foot five inches tall defender has played at the heart of Hereford’s defence this season and was offered a deal to remain at the club by boss Paul Caddis.

Despite suffering some injury problems Howkins made 34 appearances for the club last season.

The 28-year-old start out playing for West Bromwich Albion before moving out on loan to the likes of Kidderminster, Mansfield, Cambridge and Port Vale.

He was then signed for League Two side Newport County after impressing their then boss Michael Flynn.

However, after playing their opening game of the season he picked up a hamstring injury resulting in Howkins falling down the pecking order and being loaned out to Solihull Moors.

After spending two years out of football after suffering an ACL injury Paul Caddis gave him a chance to impress again during pre-season last season.

The defender did enough to earn himself a deal with the Bulls, which has now been extended into a second season.

“I am really pleased Kyle has decided to commit to the football club,” Caddis told the club’s website.

“I admire Kyle as a person first and foremost. Kyle hadn’t kicked a ball in anger for 24 months before signing for us and by the end of the season he was our sixth most appeared player in all competitions.

“I have the upmost respect and admiration for his mental strength and toughness. He is a big presence for us and a real popular person in and around the dressing room.

“I am delighted to spend another year with Kyle and he will be an important part of the team for the season ahead.”