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Boost For Colls As Midfielder & Keeper Sign New Contracts

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Atherton Collieries, due to play in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier West next season, have announced that midfielder Josh Messer and goalkeeper Greg Hartley have signed contracts which will keep them at Alder House until the summer of 2019.

Locally-based midfielder Messer, who scored his first goal for the club in the recent League Cup triumph, joins manager Michael Clegg in signing on the dotted line in recent days, with more to come.

Messer originally signed for Colls in November 2014 on a dual registration basis from Vanarama National League North champions Salford City where he had won their young player of the season award.

He hit the ground running immediately and has played a pivotal role in the two promotions that Colls have won since, recording his 150th appearance in the recent cup final.

Hartley has followed suit and also signed a contract with Colls.

Greg Hartley (Photo: Tracey Steigler)

This is seen as a major coup for the club and know that players and fans alike will be greatly encouraged by this news.

Hartley, who joined the club at the end of December, made twenty-six appearances for Colls last season.

An immediate turnaround in form followed and Clegg’s side soon became one of the meanest defences in the division, losing just four of the matches that Hartley has featured in.

Based in Manchester, Hartley claimed the FA Youth Cup with Manchester City in 2008 before heading off to America where he enjoyed a successful stint at Chattanooga FC in the National Premier Soccer League.

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