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A Whole Host of New Bloods

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A whole host of new signings were made by Droylsden ahead of the new Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North season which started well for the Bloods.

New-look Droylsden won 3-1 at the Giant Axe against Lancaster City.

Striker Lloyd Ellams joins the Bloods from NPL Premier Division side Marine AFC.

He is an ex-Chester City player who has also served the likes of Stalybridge Celtic, Vauxhall Motors and Cowyn Borough.

Midfield Ed Toner arrives from Northwich Victoria, having impressed against the Bloods last season.

He likes to get forward with the ball as soon as possible and is also strong in the tackle.

He numbers Barrow AFC, Stafford Rangers, Burscough, Ashton United and AFC Telford United amongst his former clubs.

Striker Steve Lewis joins from Welsh Premier side Bangor City.

Nicknamed `the Beast` he is a prolific striker with an eye for goal.

His was previously with Bala Town, Marine, Rhyl, Caernarfon Town and Holywell Town.

Lewis is one of six arrivals from the Principality.

Robert Jones from Caernarfon Town (Wales) to Droylsden

Centre-back Phil Clarke joins from Flint Town United and was previously with Conwy Borough, and he is joined at the Butcher`s Arms by former Flint team-mates Russell Courtney, also a centre-back who has been with Salford City, Rhyl and Australian side Hobart FC, and Paul McManus.

McManus, 26, is a forward who started out with Chester and made twenty-seven appearances in the Football League.

He has since been with Bangor City, Airbus UK Broughton and Rhyl.

James Coates is an experienced goalkeeper, 31, who joins from Airbus.

He has played in the League and National League for the likes of Mansfield Town, Burton Albion, Solihull Moors and Altrincham.

And Robert Jones moves across to Tameside from Caernarfon Town, the midfielder having previously been on the books at GAP Connah`s Quay and Bangor.

Aaron Walters is a 29-year-old full-back who joins the Bloods from league rivals Radcliffe Borough having spent most of pre-season with Vanarama National League North neighbours Stalybridge Celtic.

Josh Heaton is a 6`4”, 19-year-old centre-back signed following his release from Championship side Preston North End.

Midfielder Dan McLaughlin returns to Droylsden after a short spell towards the end of last season at relegated New Mills.

Jeff King, 20, joins from another Tameside neighbour, NPL Premier Division Ashton United and is an attacking skilful and tricky left winger who was at Altrincham for a number of years.

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