Published 1st July 2011
....securing the services of former Atherton LR manager Glenn Moses, who will join the backroom staff and assist head coach John Hunter with the team.
Moses, who led the Crilly Park club to a commendable tenth place in the Premier Division as well as back-to-back Bolton Hospitals Cup triumphs in 2010 and 2011 before resigning at the end of the season, comes with a wealth of coaching experience and will add plenty to the squad, who met up for the first time in pre-season on Tuesday night.
Co-manager Anthony Johnson was delighted that, with the exception of last season's player of the year Grant Shenton, who has returned to his parent club FC United of Manchester in an effort to become their goalkeeping number one, every single player who finished the season in which the Rams finished runners-up, was in evidence at the training session.
"It is great news when six of our players were being approached from clubs one or two leagues higher," the co-manager said. "But that goes to show what the players think of the club and that they are willing to stay and give us the best chance of securing promotion from the North West Counties League this season."
The likes of Gary Stopforth, Andy Dawson, Ian Flannery, Danny Warrender, Phil Dean and Dominic Smalley have all been contacted with regards to a move away from the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium but they were all present at the opening training session along with seven trialists, all of whom greatly interested the management pairing of Johnson and Bernard Morley.
Also present at the session was Ryan Moore, who indicated that he was moving to Thailand at the end of last season but has decided against the switch and has committed himself to the club for another season.
"I think the whole philosophy of the club has changed over the last few months and people want to be involved," added Johnson. "When people see the hard work going into the team and around the ground, people want to be involved and that is great news for us."