Matlock Town are pleased to announce the signing of twenty-eight-year-old goalkeeper Jonathan Hedge formally of Gainsborough Trinty.
Jonathan began his playing career at the age of 6 when he joined his local Sunday league team Rawmarsh St Joseph’s. Jonathan spent 8 years with St Joseph’s before being scouted for a trial with Rotherham United FC. He spent 6 weeks training there before being offered a contract. After progressing through the age groups Jonathan was then offered a scholarship with Rotherham in 2004. Jonathan was regular in the youth team and reserves throughout his 2 year scholarship as well as making numerous appearances on the first team bench at the age of just 17. In 2006 the club went into administration and unfortunately for Jonathan he was released.
At the start of the 2006-07 campaign, Jonathan signed for Conference team Halifax Town where he was a member of the first team squad. Jonathan spent 18 months at The Shay stadium before being released in early 2008. Upon his release from Halifax Jonathan was then offered the opportunity to play and coach in Brisbane, Australia. He spent two months in Australia training with A –league side Brisbane Roar and playing for Mitchelton FC as well as coaching the young goalkeepers at the club.
On his return to the UK he signed for Conference North outfit Harrogate Town where he spent a successful season (2008-09) playing regularly. During the summer of 2009 Jonathan made a return to The Shay and signed for FC Halifax Town (previously Halifax Town FC) after they were demoted three divisions for entering administration. The newly formed side started again in the Unibond First Division and Jonathan was a regular feature in their side clocking up nearly 100 appearances as they won back-to-back promotions from the Unibond First Division (2009-10) and Unibond Premier Division (2010-11). It was in November 2009 when Jonathan received his first England ‘C’ call-up for a friendly against Poland U23’s. Jonathan was the only player playing below the Blue Square Premier that was named in the squad. Jonathan came on as a second-half substitute in Poland where they claimed a 2-1 win. At the end of the 2010-11 season Jonathan was once again called up to the England ‘C’ squad for the International Challenge Trophy final against Portugal. Jonathan was an unused sub against a Portugal team that included players playing regularly in the Europa and Champions League.
It was in the summer of 2011 when Jonathan was offered the chance to once again be a full-time professional as Tamworth FC of the Blue Square Premier offered him a contract. Jonathan thought the offer was too good to refuse and signed for the Lambs in readiness for the 2011-12 season. Jonathan endured a highly successful season with Tamworth reaching the FA Cup Third Round to draw Everton at Goodison Park as well as representing England ‘C’ against Gibraltar (Friendly) and Italy (International Challenge Trophy Group Stage). Jonathan started both games and performed admirably. After a successful season with Tamworth, fellow Blue Square Premier club Cambridge United came calling and signed Jonathan on a 2-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
Following a short loan spell with Southport FC, Jonathan would then move on to Grimsby Town FC in 2013 where he feature regular for the side and had a short loan spell with the Gladiators for game time. After departing Grimsby, Jonathan would spend a season with AFC Telford in 2014 before departing the club and finishing his season with North Ferriby United. Most recently Jonathan has had short spells with Gainsborough Trinty, Stamford AFC and Sheffield FC.
Jonathan works at Championship side Barnsley FC as their Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach.
Welcome back Jonathan!