Ollie Hulbert

Ollie Hulbert 📸 Pic Courtesy of Sam Collard – YTFC.net

New signing striker Ollie Hulbert is looking forward to reuniting with his former academy coach Chris Hargreaves after becoming his first signing as Yeovil Town manager.

The 19-year-old, who was released by the League One new boys at the end of last season, has agreed a one-year deal with an option for a second.

He worked alongside the Glovers’ boss in the youth team at the Memorial Stadium.

Speaking to the club’s YouTube channel, he said: “The move has been in the works for a while now and I just can’t wait to get started.

The gaffer spoke to me and said what he wanted to get done and as soon as I heard about it, it was an opportunity I could not really turn down.

It is massively important to have a relationship with the manager because he knows my game, what my strengths are and what I need to improve on, so hopefully he can help me develop this season and going forward.

I have always known the size of the club and what the ambitions are and hopefully I can hit the ground running and help the club get back to where it wants to be.

The forward had loan spells at Gloucester City and Hereford in the National League North last season scoring nine times in 32 games.

He is hoping this first taste of action in men’s football, including playing alongside former Yeovil favourite Kevin Dawson at Gloucester, will equip him for life in the National League.

Hulbert added: “It was a really good learning curve in my career, I played with some really good players like Kevin Dawson, who I am sure the fans here will remember, and they helped me learn and progress and hopefully I can carry that on to next season.

My game is trying to mix it up a bit by coming short and linking play, but also having the ability to be able to stretch the game and get in behind and hopefully scoring some goals while I am doing that.”

Hargreaves said he hoped his former scholar would be a good addition to the frontline at Huish Park following the departures of strikers Reuben Reid and Adi Yussuf at the end of last season.

He told ytfc.net: “Ollie is a young player with potential who is now ready to kick on. He will be a welcome addition to our squad. 

“I know him well from our time at Rovers and look forward to working with him again.”