Alfreton Town sign defenders Luke Graham and Jordan Keane

Hereford skipper Luke Graham
Luke Graham played 85 league games in two seasons at Hereford

Alfreton Town have signed defender Luke Graham from Hereford United and youngster Jordan Keane from Stoke City on free transfers.

Graham, 28, who has signed a two-year deal, captained the Bulls but rejected a new contract as he had not been fully paid by the financially stricken Bulls.

Centre-back Keane, 20, failed to make a senior appearance for Stoke and has signed a one-year deal with Alfreton.

He featured on loan for Conference Premier side Tamworth last season.

Graham, who had taken on a coaching role at Edgar Street, is the latest Hereford player to find a new club following their expulsion from the Football Conference.

Goalkeeper Dan Lloyd-Weston rejoined former Bulls boss Martin Foyle at Southport, while utility man Kingsley James signed for Chester and defender Chris Bush moved to Welling United.

Fellow defender Rod McDonald joined Telford United, where he has been joined by striker Sam Smith.

Dan Walker signed for Braintree, while teenager Jarrod Bowen is moving to Hull City on a three-year deal and Michael Rankine - the man who scored the goal which kept Hereford in the Conference Premier on 26 April, only for them to then be expelled from the league - has moved to Gateshead.

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