Tadcaster Albion, members of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League East next season, have announced the signing of defenders Harry Coates and Paddy Miller and the retention of midfielder Billy Whitehouse.
Twenty-two-year-old centre-back Coates joins from Hyde United where he was an integral figure in their promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Coates opted to leave the Tameside-based Tigers because of the journeys back and forth on the notorious M62.
Formerly with Harrogate Town, signed for Hyde from Bradford Park Avenue after being released in February of the 2016/17 season, having previously been on loan to the Tigers from October 2016 until January 2017.
Coates told the club`s official Pitchero website: “It feels great to be a Tadcaster player, I always enjoyed playing there in the past, it’s a nice ground with a great fan base.
“I’m looking forward to wearing the shirt next season as well as playing under the management team who have been great with me so far.
“Once I decided to leave Hyde I spoke with Mikey Morton and Si Collins over the phone and then met with them in person. I knew straight away it was the right club for me.
“I believe I can develop a lot under Mikey and Si and it’s a club that will definitely be pushing for promotion next season. I can’t wait for the challenge.”
“Taddy play great football and were potentially the best footballing side in the league last season. It’s a local club to me too which is good.”
“I’ve come to Tadcaster to push for promotion, the squad nearly did it last season and I hope to help push the club over the line this season.”
“The management team have made it clear that this is the target and I am determined to make it two promotions in two seasons for myself”
Manager Michael Morton said: “Harry is someone who we have been monitoring for a while now, he has bags of talent and can do a bit of everything.
“It was key that he fitted into our style of play and is able to deliver what we want from individuals. We were also looking for experience playing in this league and higher. Harry gives us everything we are looking for.”
Miller has re-signed for the Brewers after three years away from the club.
The former Tadcaster captain also joins from Hyde where he opted not to renew his contract due to the travelling becoming “unsustainable”.
The left-footer departed the Brewers in 2015 to join Farsley Celtic before ending up in Tameside with Hyde where he achieved promotion last season.
The converted centre-back played sixty-two times for the Tigers, scoring 7 goals.
Miller bolsters a Tadcaster defence that recorded seventeen clean sheets last season – a superb return and one that won’t be easy to beat.
Morton said on re-uniting with Miller: “Myself and Simon are really looking forward to working with Paddy again. It’s a big capture for the club not just on the pitch but off it too. He’s top class with the young lads and he will be a fantastic addition for all at the club.”
Miller added: “I’m delighted to have joined Tadcaster again, it’s a fantastic club with brilliant people involved.
“When I left a few seasons ago I made no secret of how much I enjoyed my time here. The club has a brilliant reputation not only in Yorkshire but throughout non-league. Hopefully we can build on that for the upcoming season and make it a successful one.
“Once I decided to leave Hyde I did have a few options, but my heart was always saying come back to Tadcaster. I know the club very well and have some really close friends here also. Part of me since leaving has always felt like I’ve got unfinished business at Tadcaster.
“The fans when I played and even after I left have always been different class with me and hopefully we as a group can give them something to celebrate in the upcoming season.
“The boys had a very good season last year and I thought they were very unlucky to miss out in the play-offs but that’s football, everyone will gain experience from that and it will make us stronger and more determined as a group for the upcoming campaign.
“I’ve known Mikey and Si for years and have a lot of respect for them both. When I first joined Tadcaster a few years back they developed me a lot as a player and challenged me which I loved. They also allowed me to help them coach with the i2i Academy which was brilliant working with the likes of Alfie Beestin, Ronaldo Vieira and Romario Vieira amongst others and I gained a lot of experience.
“The owners also had a big influence in me returning to the football club, they are genuine people who always have the club’s best interest at heart.
“Promotion has to be the target next year the boys had a brilliant season last year and were arguably one of the best footballing sides in the division narrowly missing out on promotion. Hopefully we can go one step further this time round.”
“It will be a lot of hard work, but I am sure come the first game of the season the management team will have us in the best possible shape to hit the ground running. Personally, I want to have the best defensive record in the league, I managed it with Hyde last season so would love to achieve that again this season at Tadcaster.”
Tadcaster also announced that highly-rated former Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers midfielder Billy Whitehouse had agreed to stay at the club for his first full season.
The 21-year-old joined the Brewers in January and went on to make nineteen appearances in the final four months of the season scoring 3 goals and recording five assists.
Whitehouse quickly became a favourite amongst the terraces for his tricky and direct wing-play and the news that the Doncaster-based player has agreed to stay for the 2018/19 season is terrific news for all at the club.
“I am very happy to be staying at Tadcaster” stated Whitehouse.
“It’s a great club and I’ve loved my time here. I am really enjoying my football and I feel like I am developing as a player and I want to play at the highest level I can.”
“Hopefully that will be with Tadcaster and looking ahead to next season promotion is the only thing on our minds. I can’t wait to get going again.”
Assistant-manager Simon Collins expressed his delight with getting the deal done: “We are pleased that Billy has decided to stay with us at Taddy, he’s been brilliant in such a short space of time and he’s only going to go from strength to strength”.
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— Harry Coates (@HarryCoates95) May 16, 2018