STUDLEY have snapped up much travelled Michael McGrath on loan from Southern League Premier leaders Hereford.

The accomplished midfield man is returning from injury and is expected to play several games for Studley before returning to Hereford 's ranks.

Former Kidderminster Harrier McGrath was voted Stratford Town's player of the season last term and has also played in the League of Ireland for Sligo.

Studley boss Vaughan Pearshouse said: "The deal is more match related rather than any time spell. Michael still figures in Hereford manager Peter Beadle's plans and he is expected to feature for them before the end of the season.

"I'm not usually a big fan of loan deals, but when someone of Michael's calibre becomes available, you sit up and take notice.

"The objective is that Michael gets some games with a club local to him so that he can return to Hereford with some match fitness under his belt".

Pearshouse admits he can't wait to get back playing again after last Saturday's home clash with Coventry Alvis was called off owing to a waterlogged Beehive pitch.

Studley haven't played since February 24, ironically against Coventry Alvis and Pearshouse isn't too hopeful about the week ahead.

With 15 more Midland League Division One games still remaining Pearshouse already accepts Studley could be playing three times a week.

He added: "Just four or five weeks ago, we were still up to date with our fixtures, but now we've fallen well behind. We even had our game against Paget Rangers on their 4G pitch called off because of snow.

"I don't know if there's any contingency plans in place, because there are other clubs in exactly the same boat".

Weather permitting, Studley are set to host Hinckley AFC this Saturday before travelling to Racing Club Warwick on Tuesday.