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Blue Dyson is one part of Hibbitt's equation; DR MARTENS PREMIER.

Hednesford Town have offered former Birmingham City youngster James Dyson the chance to revive his career after a two-year injury nightmare.

The 22-year-old defender marked his debut for the Pitmen with their consolation penalty in Monday's Dr Martens Cup defeat to Evesham United.

But Hednesford manager Kenny Hibbitt hopes Wordsley-born Dyson can ease himself back into regular action after a tortuous time, first breaking his leg with Blues and then suffering a hernia when he joined Bournemouth.

'James has not had the best of luck with injuries and the game against Evesham was his first match in 18 months,' said Hibbitt. 'He has joined us to get fit and I'm pleased we can give him the opportunity.

'He is a good footballer, he passes the ball well, but he just needs to get games under his belt and to get his confidence back.'

Hibbitt used Monday's game to include several fringe players and youngsters, but the match highlighted the fact that the Pitmen need more experience in depth to plot their course to safety in the Premier Division.

'I have now seen all my squad and at the moment, I don't think we are strong enough,' said former Walsall boss Hibbitt, who succeeded Paul Raynor last month.

'We have got some good young players and Damian Charie is an example of that, but in the situation we are in, I think we need some older heads. I've got to try to bring in a few more experienced players and I'm talking to people all the time to find the right ones.'

The Pitmen have no game today, then meet Halesowen Town in the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday before tackling Merthyr Tydfil a week today at Keys Park, when they hope to have Neil Davis (hamstring) and Paul Bagshaw (ankle) involved. Centre-back Mark Haran will be sidelined for up to six weeks after undergoing an ankle operation last week.

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James Dyson, pictured during his St Andrew's days, celebrated his Hednesford debut with a goal
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 17, 2001
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