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Busy Banim Ahead Of Big Kick-Off

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Evo-Stik League Premier club Ashton United added four new players to their squad ahead of today`s opening game of the 2017/18 season at Hednesford Town.

Manager Jody Banim has brought in defenders Max Cartwright and Lanre Olapade, midfielder Nicky Platt and forward Oscar Durnin.

Salford-born Cartwright, 22, is a commanding left-sided centre-half originally signed on loan from Vanarama National League North neighbours Stockport County last season.

He has now arrived at Hurst Cross as a permanent signing after being released from Edgeley Park.

His other previous clubs incluse Fleetwood Town and FC United of Manchester.

Olapade, a versatile young defender, has signed from New Mills.

He began as a junior with Manchester City before playing for the youth and reserve teams at Fleetwood Town.

He was then at Colwyn Bay where he played regularly in the Conference (National League) North.

He then signed for Ramsbottom and then onto Mossley AFC before joining Hallmark Security League outfit Stockport Town in February 2016, making the switch to their NECL rivals New Mills last season.

Platt is a vastly experienced midfielder able to play either a holding or advanced role in the middle of the park.

He signed for his home-town club after impressing in pre-season matches.

He started out Liverpool and Burnley as a youth and has since seen service with Stalybridge Celtic, FC United of Manchester, Aussie side Mandurah City, Nantwich Town, Witton Albion, Stockport County, Salford City, Bamber Bridge and Trafford.

Durnin, 23, is the son of former Liverpool midfielder John Durnin and started his career with Bolton’s centre of excellence before moving into non-League with neighbours Stalybridge Celtic.

He has played for a number of clubs since, including Welsh Premier side Cefn Druids, Warrington Town, Accrington Stanley, Prescot Cables, Bangor City and Nantwich.

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