Crowe coup as he signs up Fylde pair

Joe Booth
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Neil Crowe believes that Bamber Bridge’s two latest signings are a real statement of intent ahead of the new 2015/16 Evo-Stik Division One season.

Joe Booth and Dave Hankin have both signed for Brig from Conference North side AFC Fylde.

Hankin spent the majority of last season on the sidelines with a knee injury while Booth was in and out of the team.

The pair join the Brig squad with a wealth of experience.

Both players have featured at a high level of football – and Crowe was delighted to welcome the two players to his squad.

“I found out Joe was leaving Fylde on the way back from Darlington.

“He actually came on our end-of-season trip as it was part of Matt Lawlor’s stag do.

“We got to know him and we got talking. I think he will fit in perfectly in our side.”

Crowe revealed that Booth even rejected a bumper offer to join another club.

The central midfielder will slot straight into the starting line-up with Crowe wanting Booth to act as a second


“It shows that money isn’t everything,” he said.

“He had an excellent offer but chose to come to us, it shows that people want to come and play for us.

“Two years ago we wouldn’t have been signing players like Booth and Hankin.

“We have made a real statement of intent, as they have both performed with distinction at Conference North level.

“We will be changing our system next year now as we have the personnel to do so.”

Crowe and his squad of players will be looking to go one step further after suffering defeat in two consecutive play-off finals.

Since Crowe and assistant Neil Reynolds have been in charge, Brig have improved each year in the league standings and Crowe thinks his side can again improve.

“Perhaps we didn’t score enough goals this season,” he said.

“But hopefully we can go one step further. We needed to improve and I think we have.”