Former Championship striker Tom Hitchcock has signed for non-league side Bedford Town.

The 27-year-old has put pen-to-paper with the Southern League Division One side.

Hitchcock started his career at Blackburn Rovers but made the switch to QPR as a youngster in 2012. He scored on his Hoops debut in August 2013 in a second tier fixture against Ipswich Town. coming off the bench to score in injury time.

He had loan spells away from QPR at Bristol Rovers, Crewe Alexandra and Rotherham United in 2013/14 and impressed during his time in the lower leagues, scoring a combined 11 goals for the three clubs.

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Hitchcock was snapped up by MK Dons in 2012 but failed to score in 14 appearances. The Dons shipped him out on loan to Fleetwood Town and Stevenage before letting him leave permanently to re-join Crewe in 2014.

However, Hitchcock has since slipped into non-league despite his promising start to his career. He has had stints at Boreham Wood, Chelmsford City, Biggleswade Town, Chesham United, Harlow Town and Cheshunt.

Bedford boss Jon Taylor has said after signing him, as per Non League Daily: “When I was presented with the opportunity that Tom was up for grabs it was a no-brainer. A lad who has played in the Championship is some feat.”

He will not only add the wealth of experience to the team, but his all-round game is well polished, too, and he also has a knack of scoring a lot of goals in the box, what we would call a fox in the box. This is a great signing for the club and shows our ambition and aspirations going forward.”

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