The Northern Football League
Published 16th June 2012
....completed the assembly of his management team, by persuading former Football League player Roy Hunter to join the Ebac Northern League club as player-coach.
Hunter’s long footballing career has now come full-circle after he started out at Mount Pleasant as a junior before breaking into the professional game.
The midfielder spent the first four years of his senior career at West Bromwich Albion, where he scored once in just nine outings before moving to Northampton Town. It was at Sixfields where he really made a name for himself by making 177 appearances in a seven-year spell.
Brief spells followed at Oxford United and Northwich Victoria before he joined then Conference side Hucknall Town and helped guide them as player-coach to the 2005 FA Trophy Final.
More recently, Hunter has been manager of Redcar Athletic and guided them to runners-up spot in the Wearside League last season before stepping down.
Gibbin commented: "Roy brings a wealth of experience to the team. He is a tenacious midfielder who has an excellent understanding of the game and how it should be played. He’s a massive addition to our management team and will bring a high level of commitment to his new role. His enthusiasm is infectious and I’m sure it will rub off on players and fans alike".
Experienced striker David Onions has also signed for his second spell at the club.
Former fans` favourite Onions has returned to Marske following four seasons away from the club. Nick-named ‘the dangerous one’ by local rivals Guisborough Town, he originally joined the club in 2005, and scored seventy-two goals in 129 appearances before leaving at the end of the 2007/08 season.
He has since spent just over three seasons as captain of Guisborough Town before having a brief spell at Billingham Town and ending last season at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Whitby Town.
But the striker is now looking for a new challenge, and the Marske United management team were quick to snap him up to get him involved.
“He’s a prolific goalscorer at Northern League level with pace to burn and will be rejoining our squad at Marske which includes both experience and youth in a bid to improve on last season`s league position,” said Gibbin.
Onions added: "I’m extremely happy to be returning to my former club and am looking forward to once again linking up with past team mates, as well as working with some old friends around the club. Hopefully I can carry on where I left off and continue to find the 'Onion-bag', which can help the club progress in the First Division and hopefully contribute to a successful cup campaign."
Ex-Darlington Academy player Ryan Grier makes up the third person in a trio of signings.
Grier, a Darlington Academy player for six years, made his Northern League debut for Stokesley SC last season aged just sixteen.
Seventeen in a few weeks, Grier has captained the Quakers Academy team as well as playing for Middlesbrough District & Cleveland County.
He still has a lot to prove, but shows a great willingness to learn and progress up the Northern League ladder.