Leam Howards is set to leave Banbury United and join Ardley United this week.
The club received an approach from the UHLSport Helenic League outfit for Howards and agreed to waive a seven-day notice which means they are free to speak with him. If he joins Ardley, Howards will be reunited with former Puritans manager Paul Davis.
Howards came through the junior, youth and reserve sides at United and made a handful of first team appearances before leaving the club to play for Abingdon Town and Hook Norton.
Howards returned to United in August 2014 and was the club’s leading scorer when they were relegated with 22 goals, 15 in the premier division. His late flurry of goals almost kept United up and were a good return in a struggling side.
Howards played a key part in last season’s successful Southern League South & West Division promotion campaign, scoring 17 goals in all competitions.
His game time this season has been limited but his goals per game ratio is very impressive for any striker at any level. In total, Howards scored 41 goals for the Puritans from 69 starts and 47 substitute appearances.