10 more in the Fish tank

DAVID Fish has made 10 further signings, including new and familiar faces, as Mossley’s squad continues to shape up for the 2020-21 Northern Premier League campaign.

Andy Keogh, who finished the season as player/caretaker manager, Declan Evans, Steve Mason and Sam Kilner have pledged their futures to the Seel Park club.

Ben Richardson, Szymon Czubik and Jack Grundy are all returning while the latest new boys are Matty Waller, Jordan Hadlow and Jordan Butterworth.

And the only player to leave is Mark Lees, who has moved up one division to join ambitious Matlock Town.

Fish is delighted Keogh, Evans and Mason are staying while Richardson, Czubik and Grundy are rejoining.

“It is important we have players who understand the club which is why I have brought Ben back. He loves the club and is of a good age, good character and has big experience,” he said.

He added players like Keogh, Mason, Richardson and Evans will provide a “spine of experience”.

“We have seen the influence of training as their professionalism has a positive effect on the younger players,” he added.

Striker Czubik, 21, signs after being released by Stockport County. He is no stranger, however, having had two previous loan spells with the Lilywhites.

Centre-back Grundy, 18, recently released by Oldham Athletic, spent last season on loan at Mossley.

“Jack is keen to get back into the full-time game and hopefully we are able to help him achieve that,” said Fish.

Fish is excited to have hooked up with goalscoring winger Waller, describing him as his top summer target.

The 24-year-old was in the academies at Leeds United and Bradford City and last season scored 20 goals in 23 games for Shelley in the North West Counties League.

Fish said: “Matty was the best player we came up against last season when I was at Chadderton.

“In both games he tormented us – indeed he destroyed us in one of them. He is an old-fashioned winger who plays with chalk on his boots, is incredibly quick and tricky.

“Matty has played for England at five and six-a-side football and he is a big signing who I am sure the fans will take to.”

Fish has worked with Hadlow and Butterworth, his two other signings, at Chadderton.

While Liam Lovell will be first-choice goalkeeper Fish, himself a former shot stopper, added it is important to have competition.

“Jordan knows the situation, but he is a good, hardworking keeper who has come on leaps and bounds and been player of the year at Chadderton,” he said.

Fish also rates midfielder Butterworth highly and he was player of the year at Chadderton two seasons ago.

Butterworth, 21, was an academy player at Manchester United and Oldham Athletic and had a spell at Curzon Ashton.

Fish has still not given up hope on re-signing exciting teenage winger Jesurun Uchebulam who has attended a couple of training sessions.

Uchebulam, who last season spent three weeks training at Sheffield Wednesday, is a target for other clubs.

“Jes is training with us and we are still taking to him and would like to keep him,” said Fish.

Fish, who was appointed in June, had earlier failed to agree terms with Ryan Brooke, Max Leonard and Gary Gee while releasing Godwin Abadaki, Ben Halfacre and Dieter Downey.

He brought Dylan Fitzgerald, Danny McLaughlin and Lovell back to Seel Park while signing Ryan Shenton, Ethan Kershaw and Jack O’Leary.

Fish, who has 16 players signed on, added he would like a squad of 20 players.

He said: “There is no rush as we have the nucleus in place.

“We have a few lads on trial and got our eyes on a few more, but there is no rush.”

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