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Runcorn Bring in Six New Signings

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New Runcorn Town manager Chris Herbert has wasted no time in starting to build a squad that he hopes is capable of challenging for the honours in the Hallmark Security League, with six new players putting pen-to-paper.

Former Barbados international Striker Neil Harvey has agreed to join the strike force at the club, having a proven goalscoring record with a superb pedigree.

He has played six international games for Barbados, scoring twice, and also lists Hednesford Town, Marine AFC, Witton Albion and Kidsgrove Athletic amongst his former clubs.

Joining Harvey in a new-look attack will be Craig Cairns, who signs from league rivals Cammell Laird 1907.

Cairns has been a prolific goalscorer in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League and the NWCL over the past three seasons, and he was leading goalscorer for Lairds last season.

Target man Simon Thelwell has also signed from Flint Town United in the Welsh League.

Thelwell comes in as relatively unknown to this league, but has a big reputation in Wales and is guaranteed to turn heads.

In defence, Marcus James has signed from West Cheshire League side Capenhurst Villa.

Formerly with Vauxhall Motors, James has been much-sought after this pre-season and comes in as a highly rated centre-back.

Twenty-six-year-old midfielder Joe Holt has signed from NPL First Division North champions Warrington Town.

Holt is a former Wigan Athletic first-teamer who was given squad number 40 for the 2009/10 season.

After making a handful of substitute appearances in the Premier League, he went on loan to Swedish Premier League team Ostersunds FK.

After his release from Wigan, Holt drifted into non-League football and has played for a host of NPL sides, including Woodley Sports, Cammell Laird, Skelmersdale United, Northwich Victoria and finally Warrington.

Also arriving is 24-year-old defender Jack Pickering from Cyrmu Alliance outfit Conwy Borough.

Chester-based central defender Pickering is known as a tenacious, tough-tackling defender who is also very comfortable in midfield.

His former clubs include Chester FC, Welshpool Town and Rhyl.


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