Baker Brings In New Trafford Quintet

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Tom Baker, manager of Evo-Stik League Premier club Trafford, has revealed several new signings as well as ten who have re-signed from last season`s squad.

Terry Smith, Saul Lomax-Newton, Ally Brown, Josh Granite, Kinglsey Williams, Chris Palmer, Andy Keogh, Jack Dorney, Ashley Woods and Craig Lindfield have all committed to Trafford from last season`s squad.

Baker has added to those with the signings of Keil O`Brien, Louis Corrigan, Paul Linwood, Steve Mason and Michael Monaghan.

Centre back Keil O’Brien previously from Chorley, Bury & FC Halifax & Michael Monaghan who has played for Warrington Town, Telford & Marine.

After leaving the Manchester United academy, O`Brien joined Glossop North End in 2009, making three appearances.

In 2010 he joined Northwich Victoria, spending time on loan with Radcliffe Borough.

However, it was at Mossley AFC where he shone, joining the Lillywhites in 2011 going on to make sixty appearances and scoring once.

In 2012, he moved to Chorley for two seasons, making fifty-nine appearances and scoring 3 goals, before he got to move up back into the full-time game with Bury in 2014.

He made thirty-two appearances for the Shakers and scored twice, despite spending a month on loan at FC Halifax Town, making four appearances.

In 2016 he joined Southport, but after four appearances he was sent out on loan first back to FC Halifax and then to Stalybridge Celtic, where he made the move permanent, before being lured to Australia with Victorian State side Moreland City.

Left-back Corrigan`s last club was Evo-Stik League North side Colwyn Bay.

He joined Bay last summer from Skelmersdale United.

Louis Corrigan

Corrigan spent his early career at Tranmere Rovers joining them at the age of 16 in 2007 before leaving for a first spell with Colwyn Bay in 2009.

A move followed in 2010 to Warrington Town and then at the end of 2011 he joined Skelmersdale, becoming a key player in helping the club win promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier.

Corrigan was named in the NPL First Division North team of the year at the annual awards in April 2014 before the move `down under` to join Shepparton United.

He returned to join Marine AFC and then had second spells with Skem and Bay.

Experienced centre-back Linwood joins from Bostik North side Ramsbottom United, whom he signed for last summer.

The 33-year-old was at Welsh Premier side GAP Connah’s Quay before joining Rammy, and was on the bench for the club’s first ever foray into European Football, going out of the Europa League qualifiers to Serbian side FK Vojvodina.

Having begun his career at local side Tranmere Rovers for whom he played forty-four games in the Football League, he moved on neighbours Chester City, after a long spell with Wrexham, and turned out 122 times for the Deva Stadium outfit.

Paul Linwood

Grimsby Town and Fleetwood Town followed before returning to Chester where he made a further fifty-eight appearances.

Linwood spent two seasons with Salford City and then Connah’s Quay before moving to the Harry Williams Riversie Stadium.

Mason returns to Trafford for a second spell after being with league rivals Ashton United.

The defender made just shy of 200 appearances in his first spell with Trafford, winning multiple player of the year awards whilst at Shawe View.

He joined the Robins in March 2015.

Midfielder Monaghan joins Trafford after a short spell with league rivals Warrington Town.

Previously with Skelmersdale, Burscough, where he scored 22 goals from the middle of the park, AFC Telford United, Droyslden, Northwich Victoria and Marine.

Meanwhile, Aaron Burns has left the club to take up an offer from new league rivals Stalybridge Celtic.

Burns made sixty-two appearances for Trafford, scoring a total of 34 goals – 28 last season.

He was also a member of the NPL First Division North team of the
season.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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