HWFC are delighted to announce the signing of Danny Wright as Paul Doswell’s second summer addition.

Wright spent last season with Torquay United in the National League where he netted 5 goals in 33 appearances. The number 9 featured in a familiar role for the Devonshire side, operating as a target man and a focal point for Torquay to build their attacks off.

A 2-month injury lay-off prevented Wright from featuring against Havant and Waterlooville in the FA Cup, but the 37-year-old averaged 82 minutes across the 30 starts he made in the league.

The veteran forward played almost exclusively in a 4-4-2 for the Gulls in 2021/22 so it will be exciting to see how Wright fits into the Hawks forward line next campaign.

About our new signing

For all the traditional skills that make a transfer target desirable it is often intangible factors that separate a player from the crowd. Danny Wright has one such intangible in abundance, experience.

With around 600 senior games under his belt there is very little that the Hawks’ latest signing hasn’t seen in football. Manager Paul Doswell will be hoping that wealth of experience can help push his side towards the top of the National League South table next season.

The Norwich born striker began his career with Dereham Town before playing an instrumental role in Histon’s ascension up the non-league ladder in the late 2000’s. After winning the Conference South with the Stutes in 2007 Wright went on to spend 13 of the next 15 years of his career at the summit of non-league football turning out for Cambridge, Wrexham, Forest Green Rovers, Gateshead, Kidderminster, Cheltenham and Solihull Moors in the Conference Premier/National League.

The 2 years out of the 5th tier were spent with Cheltenham in League 2 where Wright added 12 league goals to the tally he accumulated below the EFL. It isn’t just league competitions that Wright made his mark in though, as well as FA Trophy glory with Wrexham in 2013, earlier in his career the forward played his part in one of the FA Cups more memorable upsets. It was with the self-proclaimed village side Histon that Wright scored the winner against League One Swindon setting up an even more unlikely victory over giants Leeds United in the following round.

Now with Havant and Waterlooville Wright will be hoping for a few more stories to add to an already memorable career.

Words by Matt Drabble