The North West Counties Football League
Published 6th July 2012
....Premier Division club Runcorn Town – despite the player leaving for a higher level side.
The 21-year-old began training with an Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North side this week with a view to joining them for the new campaign.
Burton is disappointed to be losing the man who notched double figures for the Sandy Lane side who narrowly missed out on winning the Premier Division title last season.
Although the Town manager did not want to see Bellew leave he admits he wants to see his players progress and move up through the levels, although ideally that would be with Runcorn.
“Warren is a great player and I still have a hope in the back of my mind that he will eventually come back,” said Burton.
“I wish him all the best.
“I took him from the Warrington district leagues and he has come on leaps and bounds. Warren has turned into a very, very good player and so deserves to make that step up.
“The door is always open for the lad and we will definitely take him back but we want all our players to do well and progress.”
Burton, who has been putting his side through a rigorous pre-season training regime since June 23rd, hopes to add as many as six new faces to squad for the start of the new campaign, which kicks off early on August 4th.
Runcorn go to Padiham before welcoming Congleton Town three days later.
“In all honesty, it’s a tough start,” admitted Burton.
“Padiham have a new manager in Steve Wilkes so I am expecting them to be strong this season.
“Last time we played on their pitch it was like a carpet so that will suit us down to the ground.
“Word on the street is that Congleton are spending big but if we are going to win the league then we are going to have to beat the best teams.”