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Story posted: Wednesday, 7th October 1987

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Steve Daley, the footballer who once cost £1.25m, last night signed for Gresley Rovers.
The 34-year-old midfielder, whose transfer from Wolves to Manchester City in September 1979, set a British record, put pen to paper after watching Roversí 5-1 Derbyshire Senior Cup win over Derby Prims.

The Moat Ground is the latest stop in a career that has taken the talented playmaker from Molineux to Main Road, where Malcolm Allisonís £1m man tag became an albatross he could never shake off, then on to Seattle Sounders in the United States, to Burnley, Walsall and last season to GM Vauxall Conference club Kettering Town.

The only snag in the Gresley deal is that Daley now has a job, which involves Saturday working.

Daley said last night: ďIím hoping to be able to get Saturdays off and start playing for Gresley as soon as possible. Iím very impressed by the whole set up and canít wait to be part of it. You can see why Rovers are top of the Banksís League and hopefully Iíll be able to help them stay there.

ďThe whole club is geared for success and thereís no reason why it should stop. Personally Iím very keen to play Ė you donít lose your enthusiasm for the game overnight after 20 years.Ē

The signing marks the end of a personal crusade for Rovers boss Frank Northwood, who actually persuaded Daley to sign for Gresley last season although, in the end, the move fell through.

Said Daley: ďIíve know Frank for a long time and his thoughts on football are the same as mine. Heís has honest as the day is long and when he asked me to sign I was delighted to say yes.Ē

A delighted Northwood added: ďIíve been chasing Steve for a long time. Heís a class player who can put his foot on the ball and dictate things for us. Iím always looking for players to improve the squad and having Steve in the side should help increase our gates too.Ē
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