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Heacham show their intent by bringing in former King's Lynn and Wisbech midfielder

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David Griggs says Eoin McQuaid is one of the biggest signings that Heacham has ever made.

The midfielder, who lists King's Lynn Town and Dereham among his former clubs, has become the latest player to join the promotion-chasing Magpies in the short term.

McQuaid, 25, made his debut in the 5-0 Mummery Cup drubbing of Scole United at the weekend and Griggs said: "Eoin is one of the biggest signings we've made as a club.

Eoin McQuaid. (53228309)
Eoin McQuaid. (53228309)

"Eoin is very much still in his prime and he's been a target of ours for the last 18 months. He has always been aware of our interest and he wasn't enjoying his football at Wisbech Town.

"I think it sends out a clear message of what we're trying to achieve here. We had him lined up for the Thurlow Nunn League so to get him at the club even sooner is brilliant."

It is hoped that McQuaid will eventually commit his long-term future to the club, but remains undecided at such an early stage.

McQuaid netted on his debut for Heacham, who have won all 16 of their league and cup games this campaign despite missing the likes of Defty with a long-term injury while defensive stalwart Ed Tann is sidelined until the new year.

Nathan Davies helped himself to a hat-trick, two of which came from the penalty spot, while John Flanagan also found the back of the net.

"Scole are no mugs and Saturday was our toughest game of the season to date," admitted Griggs.

"People can say that Scole weren't at it but that would take away from how good we were. We were so good going forward and looked solid at the back.

"To score five goals and keep a clean sheet against a side like them was a brilliant effort."

Heacham will now face either Caister, Long Stratton or Easton in the semi-finals as they continue their pursuit of silverware on three fronts.

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