WINGER Tristian Dunkley has joined Hednesford Town on a one-year deal after turning down an offer to stay at Worcester City.

The move sees the 23-year-old, who made 63 appearances in a two-year spell at City, drop down a division to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

But Dunkley admitted he had taken advice from his brother Cheyenne, who used to play for the Pitmen, before making the switch.

“I spoke to my brother quite a bit about this offer and he told me that Hednesford are a good club and also a family one with people being very welcoming,” Dunkley said.

“I feel really happy to be at the club and I’m very much ready to get going now.

“Fans can expect edge of your seat football from me and someone who is ready to work hard and play well for the team.

“When it comes to positions I can play all across the front line either on the left or right and just like to attack defences.”

Worcester boss Carl Heeley refused to come back with an improved contract to try and keep Dunkley after he decided to reject his offer by text message.

The former Loughborough University star sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in January, which required surgery.

But Hednesford boss Liam McDonald described Dunkley’s arrival as a “real coup” for the club who are aiming to return to the Vanarama National League North at the first time of asking.

“Tristian is someone that I’m excited about, especially as he is stepping down a level,” McDonald said.

“He has tremendous pace and is lightning quick, I see him as being a very good athlete.

“He has some links with the club and wants to follow in his brother’s footsteps and I feel that he has a great opportunity to do that here.

“I feel that this is a real coup for the club, signing a forward that is dropping down a division along with all the ability and potential that Tristian has. It is another good signing for us as I believe that he is the real deal.”

Meanwhile, former Worcester City player Ethan Moore has signed for Gloucester City.