Moors bring in six players ahead of new season

Spennymoor Town are pleased to announce the signing of six new players ahead of the 2018/19 National League North season.

Jason Ainsley has brought in goalkeeper Matthew Gould from Stourbridge, as well as defenders Rob Atkinson, Kris Thackray, Callum Williams and Stephen Brogan.

Midfielder Jake Hibbs, 22, has swapped National League side Halifax Town for The Brewery Field.

Moors boss Ainsley spoke of his delight after securing the service of Gould: “Matt has a great attitude and work ethic and we have seen first hand his qualities when playing against him in the Evo-Stik.

“When we knew he was moving up to live with his parents it made things much easier to secure his signature.”

Atkinson, 31, who plays at the centre of defence, joins from recently relegated Guiseley having previously played in the Football League for Barnsley, Fleetwood and Accrington Stanley.

“Rob is an experienced central defender with lots of football league appearances, and there is no doubt he will be a pivotal player for us this season.

“It was no coincidence that when he went on loan to Bradford Park Avenue from Guiseley last season their form was excellent.”

Thackray, 30, a defender who can also play in midfield, is originally from the North-East, and joins Moors having spent time in Italy, Malta and Germany with nine different clubs.

“Kris has a wealth of experience abroad where he led a team to qualifying for the Europa League. He has great technical abilities and is a very sought-after player, so after returning to Newcastle to live, we acted quickly to secure his services.”

Williams, 21, has been brought in from Newcastle United where he featured heavily for their Under 23 squad under the guidance of Peter Beardsley.

“Callum is a fantastic signing for us with lots of other clubs chasing his signature.  When I met him for the first time I knew he was the perfect fit and had the right attitude to hopefully get back into full time football.

“He was a regular for the Newcastle United Under 23 squad last term, playing 33 games for Peter Beardsley’s side before enjoying a very successful loan spell in the National League with Gateshead.”

Brogan, 30, played against Moors last season for Boston United having spent the early stages of his career at his hometown club, Rotherham.

“Stephen played against us for Boston last season and has previously played over 60 games for Rotherham, as well as representing England C.  He will definitely bring us quality down the left.  He has a great left foot and comes with great references from managers I respect.

Hibbs, 22, won the FA Trophy with Halifax Town in 2016, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 victory over Grimsby Town.