Central defender Billy Priestley and Forward Jordan Hulme left Salford City today after after reaching agreements to cancel their contracts with the club.
Billy Priestley joined the Ammies in March 2016 after an undisclosed fee was agreed with his former club, Bradford Park Avenue. He made his debut at Moor Lane as Salford drew 0-0 with Whitby Town and was part of a defence that conceded just six goals over the final nine games of the season. His second appearance brought a first Salford goal – a fine header on the ground of another former club, Ramsbottom United and the imposing centre half was a key part of the side that secured promotion by way of the end-of-season play-offs. On that never to be forgotten afternoon on the last day of April Billy scored eleven minutes from time to drag the Ammies level against Workington in the play-off final and of course Salford went on to win that game 3-2. Last season Billy was again a regular in the side that reached the National League North play-offs, taking his total of Salford City appearances up to fifty, with five goals scored. A brave, physical player Billy made an immediate impact after joining the club and his wholehearted efforts made him a favourite with the fans and impressively his first defeat wearing the colours of Salford City came in his twentieth appearance.
Jordan Hulme followed joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley from Ramsbottom United when the pair took over at Moor Lane in January 2015. An undisclosed fee was paid to secure Jordan’s services and he made his Salford City debut in a 2-1 win at Bamber Bridge. His first goal for the Ammies came in a 6-0 win at Padiham the following month. At the end of that season Salford secured the First Division North title after overhauling Darlington’s lead at the top and Jordan chalked up fifteen appearances and three goals as a key part of a team that finished the campaign with nine successive wins.
The 2015-2016 season was another memorable one for the club and Jordan made a total of fifty-six appearances (scoring eighteen times) during a campaign where Salford reached the second round proper of the FA Cup as well as securing promotion via the play-offs. Like Billy, Jordan’s role in the final against Workington was crucial as he scored that dramatic eighty-seventh minute winner in front of a crowd of almost 2,000. His place in Ammies’ folklore ensured, Jordan added another forty-nine appearances (and ten more goals, including a hat-trick against league leaders AFC Fylde) during the 2016-2017 season – a campaign that would end in play-off heartbreak at The Shay. A big personality,determination, adaptability, work-rate and an eye for goal were all qualities Jordan displayed in abundance and his commitment to the cause over one hundred and twenty appearances (scoring thirty-one goals) could never be doubted.
Everyone at Moor Lane would like to record their appreciation for the huge contribution both lads have made to the Ammie cause and wish them every happiness and success in the future.