Jan 10 2013 By Guy Martin
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JAMIE Hand said he would never play for Hayes & Yeading United again last summer, but the all-action midfielder has returned to Kingfield and promised to give everything to the cause.
Hand was captain when he quit the club in May after a row over a fine he received for being sent off, but has been brought back by manager Nas Bashir to add experience to their young side.
He has joined on an initial month-long loan from Blue Square Premier outfit Mansfield Town, after failing to secure a first-team spot for the Stags at Field Mill this term.
Bashir said the sort of know-how on the pitch the former England U19 international brings was what his team had been missing during a difficult first half of the season in the Blue Square South.
The 28-year-old made an instant impact on his return to the side at Maidenhead United on New Year’s Day, helping to end United’s run of four league games without a win, and he insists the issue which led to his departure is now forgotten.
“I don’t really want to talk about that,” the former Luton Town midfielder told the Gazette. “A lot of things went on and there were things that maybe should have been said and shouldn’t have been said, and things that should have been done and shouldn’t have been done.
“It’s all in the past, it doesn’t matter. We live in the here and now and that’s all that matters.”
Hand, who started his career at Watford, originally joined United in the summer of 2010, having ended the previous season at Woking.
He was delighted to hit the 70-appearance mark in the red shirt on his return to the club against the Magpies, but admits he needs time to regain match sharpness.
“It’s nice to be back here,” he added. “To be honest I’m a bit off the pace still. I haven’t played or trained properly in a good few months, so it’s nice to get a bit of game time under the belt.
“We will play it game by game, session by training session, we’ll see what happens after that. The aim is to play as many games here as possible. We definitely want to be going for the play-offs.”
Meanwhile, Hayes & Yeading have received international clearance for twins Adam and Kym Harris, who arrive at Kingfield having last played in Adelaide in their native Australia. Tobi Joseph has been released by the club due to other commitments.