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It`s Been Quite A Year For Lofthouse!

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It’s been quite a last twelve months for Jake Lofthouse.

This time last year he was playing at Harrogate Railway Athletic on dual-registration from Farsley Celtic. Then with a change of management at Station View, he returned to Throstle Nest at the back end of 2016. However, his season came to an abrupt end when he had to have hip surgery in January this year which sidelined him until this pre-season.

Lofthouse returned to play for the Evo-Stik League Premier outfit in their friendly fixtures against York City and Eccleshill United, but has now signed on dual-registration again, this time with Farsley tenants Albion Sports of the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

On putting pen-to-paper for the Lions, Lofthouse said: “I’m happy to sign as Albion is a great club with good people. The manager Kulwinder Sandhu and the squad have been very welcoming and it has helped already knowing a few of the lads. The coach Pav Singh, who I know from being at Bradford, has been a great help in settling in.”

The Celts’ ‘keeper said of his rationale for making the move: “I’ve signed for the Lions to play games and get 90 minutes of football on a regular basis. Saturday away at Yorkshire Amateur was the first full game I’ve played since November last year, so it’s vitally important for me to get games and plenty of them.”

Looking at his return after the surgery at the beginning of the year, he added: “Fitness wise, everything is good – touchwood! I’m still getting used to training on a regular basis again, but all in all everything is progressing in the right direction”.

Robert Winterbottom

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