Tadcaster Albion, who will be plying their trade in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier East next season, have announced that midfielders Pete Davidson and Corey Roper have both committed to the club for the 2018/19 season.
Imposing central midfielder Davidson made thirty-six appearances in his first season with the Brewers, finishing with five assists and two goals to his name.
The Taddy faithful quickly took to the player nicknaming him the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ for his elegant playing style and lengthy free-flowing hair!
“I really enjoyed my time last year and feel like the club is going in the right direction,” Davidson told the club`s Pitchero website. “Mikey Morton and Simon Collins have made some good signings so far and hopefully we can build on last year and go one better and achieve promotion
“Last season was always going to be difficult with a lot of new faces and a new management team but once the lads gelled and got round to playing the way Mikey and Si want I think it showed on the pitch.
“We were unlucky to lose to Bamber Bridge in the play-off semi-final but our objectives for next season have to be promotion and with the players we’ve signed and the lads from last year we are more than capable.”
Taddy boss Morton believes the midfielder can get even better after a terrific first season at the club: “We are thrilled that Pete has committed to another season with us, he’s a player that we admire massively, and we aren’t surprised he became a fans favourite too because he’s a top character amongst the group.”
After leaving Wrexham last year Roper enjoyed an excellent first season with the Brewers which saw him make forty-two appearances in the centre of midfield, scoring one goal and one assist.
“It’s a club on the up; both on and off the field,” started Roper. “The management team, fans, players and the owners make you want to be a part of Tadcaster Albion Football Club.”
“Mikey and Si are great to play for, they know how to get the best out of all the lads as you have seen last season. As a club next year we will be pushing for promotion and I definitely want to be a part of that.”
Roper’s break-through season saw him scoop both fans’ player and players’ player of the season.
“I was buzzing to get both awards. Everyone at the football club has made me feel welcome since day one and that helped massively.
“Personally, I’d like to thank all the fans who have been great all season especially the ones who voted for me.
“This is my first year at this level and to get the recognition from my teammates also is brilliant. Apart from the last 20 minutes at Bamber Bridge I have enjoyed every minute of my time here.”
Looking ahead to next season, Roper is setting the bar high: “We want promotion, we have unfinished business in the play-offs after missing out in the semi-final last year.”
“Personally, and as a group we will be even stronger next season after learning from the experience.”
Morton has identified the importance of getting the midfielder signed up: “Corey had an exceptional first year for us and thoroughly deserved his accolades, but we knew what he was capable of after seeing him in Leeds United’s youth team.
“Sometimes players in his position don’t get the praise they deserve but thankfully the fans understand how pivotal Corey’s roles and responsibilities are and hopefully he can kick on even more next season”.