Fans’ favourite Diarra heads out on loan with Oshodi set to join

Moussa Diarra, right, in action for the Tudors
Moussa Diarra, right, in action for the Tudors

Hemel Hempstead Town favourite Moussa Diarra will go on loan to Hampton & Richmond, with former Forest Green centre-back Eddie Oshodi set to arrive at Vauxhall Road in his place.

Oshodi came up through the youth ranks at Watford, but spent the last four years at Forest Green before making the headlines in January when he quit professional football at the age of 23.

Eddie Oshodi, left, quit Forest Green in January

Eddie Oshodi, left, quit Forest Green in January

He had his contract cancelled by mutual consent to allow him to seek a career away from the game, but he is now back in action with the Tudors.

Oshodi made his Hemel debut on Tuesday night on an U21 contract – putting in a commanding display at the back – and Hemel manager Dean Brennan is hopeful that the club will complete his signing imminently.

“At minimum he is a Conference Premier level player,” said Brennan. “He’s been training with us for the last three weeks and we are just delighted to have him here.

“It looks like he will be joining but nothing is done until it’s done. We’ve been after him for ages because he is the calibre of player that you need at this level.

Moussa has cost us a lot of goals this season, it’s that simple.

Hemel Hempstead Town manager Dean Brennan

“The opportunity for us to sign him has come along and we are delighted – I wish that I could have signed him two months ago if I’m honest.”

Diarra, meanwhile, will be heading out of the club, with Brennan admitting that the Frenchman has simply made too many mistakes this season.

“Moussa is going out on loan because he is going to find his opportunities limited here, “ said the Hemel boss. “I know he is a fans’ favourite but he has had more than his fair share of chances this season.

“Moussa has cost us a lot of goals this season, it’s that simple. Don’t get me wrong, he’s done brilliantly at this football club but I’m just saying what I see on the pitch.

“He knows himself that he hasn’t been good enough recently and he has cost us too many goals with individual errors. His concentration and communication is not up to this level, so we wish him all the best while he is out on loan.”