Pro-active Brig act fast to bring in fresh faces

Ali Waddecar pledged his future to Brig  despite interest from teams in higher leagues
Ali Waddecar pledged his future to Brig despite interest from teams in higher leagues

Bamber Bridge assistant manager Neil Reynolds has revealed that the club has signed two new players ahead of the new season.

Right-back George Bowyer and centre-forward Elliott Hunt have joined from Curzon Ashton and Mill Hill respectively and will be linking up with Brig when they return on June 29.

Brig, who finished ninth in the Evo-Stik League Northern Division One, have also re-signed or given the opportunity for all last season’s players to return for pre-season.

Reynolds said: “It’s great that we have been able to secure two of our targeted positions so early.

“We made a point of speaking to everyone before they went away on holiday.

“That way they can now relax and look forward to preseason.”

Reynolds also made said it was ‘key’ that the team retains its mixture of youth and experience after the success they had in the season.

He said: “It really is key to keep the core of the side.

“We finished ninth last year with the same mix of youth and experience and next season we want to better that.”

Another bright note for the Irongate faithful is the contract renewals of Ali Waddecar and club captain Matty Kay.

Both did have other options to move on higher up the leagues but decided to stay on and ply their trade at Brig.

Reynolds spoke about the commitment of both players, and said: “It’s great both players have decided to stay.

“Obviously we had other clubs speaking to Ali last season and I’m so glad he will be staying.

“And Matty said he is loving every minute here and really wants to help the club progress up the leagues.”

Reynolds is hoping they can sign one more player before the new season, but says it won’t be a problem if they don’t.

He said: “We would like one more player but it needs to be the right man.

“We won’t panic buy but if we don’t find anyone our squad is more than capable of improving the squad.”