Hereford United have finally announced that Rhys Evans, released by the Grecians at the end of last season, has signed for them. The signing has been delayed until 1 August for financial reasons, as Rhys’s wages would have been covered by Exeter City as part of the standard severance arrangements for footballers. We wish him well.
Rhys, 31, has been training with the Bulls for the last few weeks, and has featured for them in a number pre-season friendlies.
Rhys played 5 times for Exeter City last season, with City winning 2 of those games, and 1 clean sheet. The former England under 21 player was once of Chelsea. Although he was with Chelsea for 5 years, he never actually played for them. But did go loan to Bristol Rovers, QPR and Leyton Orient. He eventually signed for Swindon in 2003 and made 118 appearances for the Robins.
A bit of a journeyman, Rhys moved to Blackpool in 2006 making 32 appearances and also 4 out on loan at Bradford City. In 2008 he made 21 appearances for Millwall, then 45 for Bradford City in League 2 (including appearing in a 1-0 defeat to City at St James Park). From there back to Bristol Rovers for 3 games, then the following season (2010/11) at Southend for 13 games. Last season he pitched up at Staines Town for 11 games.
Rhys Evans is shown in the photos playing for Bradford City in a League 2 game. Photographs courtesy of Keith Stone, AS9 Foundation.