LAST season's leading scorer Wayne Riley is expected to join Hednesford Town after being released by mutual consent.

Riley was a non-contract player due to compensation being sought from his previous club Northwich Victoria and, despite being offered a trial by Wrexham, it is expected he will join the Pitmen, who have served seven days' notice of approach.

"Any club signing Riley on a contract can expect a call from Northwich Vics' owner Jim Rushe for compensation from the midfielder's time there," says Airbus chief operating officer Stewart Roberts.

"We wish Wayne all the best wherever he ends up and hope that the compensation due to Northwich will not hamper him or his new employer too much.

"He's a smashing lad who has done well in his season at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium.

A consistent goal scorer with the Vics, Riley followed his former manager Andy Preece to the Airfield last July and scored 12 goals from his 29 (+2) Welsh Premier appearances.

He also appeared in both legs of the club's Europa League ties with FK Ventspils.

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