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Changes Aplenty at Woodley Sports

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Having been appointed as the new joint-management team at Woodley Sports, Paul Ogden and Matt Broadhead have….

….wasted no time in strengthening the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North club`s coaching squad.

Ex-pro Stuart Rudd, a current striker with the Steelmen, has been appointed player/assistant-manager. He will remain a player this season, whilst he goes through the relevant coaching badges.

Peter Wild has been appointed first-team coach, stepping up from the reserves.

Ogden said: “It was an idea Matt and myself had discussed in bringing Ruddy into the coaching staff. He has a wealth of experience, and the lads here absolutely love him. He’s a legend in non-League football, he knows the ins and outs of everything and that knowledge will be invaluable in the months to come.

“Pete Wild is one of the best young coaches around, very highly regarded at the Lancashire FA. Bringing him into the first-team set up was a real no brainer, and we’re delighted he accepted our proposal.”

Rudd said: “To be offered this chance really took me by surprise, but I’m over the moon. This club and this set of lads have every chance of promotion this season, and I really wanted to be a part of it all.

“Being asked to become assistant-manager is fantastic – I wanted to start taking my badges and with Broady and Oggy supporting me, I’ve a real head start and can learn a lot from them. I’d also like to thank the chairman Steve Mottershead, who came to see me personally, and offered his support.”

Mottershead commented: “Stuart Rudd is non-League football. Wherever I’ve been people ask about Ruddy, he walks into away grounds and everyone knows him. He has the dressing room in his hands and leads the banter. When I walk in/past the changing rooms or out on the pitch and the lads are laughing hard, you know Ruddy is central to it all.

“He’s a one off, a complete character, and will be great for the club going forward. Pete Wild is a great coach, and will be of great assistance to Paul and Matt.”

Meanwhile, Sports announced the capture of ex-Bury defender, Ricky Anane.

Anane joins the club from Blue Square Bet North outfit Droylesden, and is delighted with the move. “As soon as I heard Matt Broadhead and Paul Ogden had been appointed managers here at Woodley, I made it clear I wanted to come here.”

A delighted Broadhead said: “The capture of Ricky Anane is quite simply an outstanding piece of business by the club.

“Ricky is capable of playing at a much higher level, he has everything, pace, ability and a great footballing brain. There were a number of clubs in for Ricky, and both Paul & myself are absolutely made up he’s agreed to sign here.”

Sports have also brought in youngster Darren Stephenson on loan from npower League Two side Bradford City.

First year pro Stephenson was originally handed a six-month deal with City only this summer but has impressed staff at Valley Parade enough already to earn himself a longer deal.

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