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It`s been a busy close season for Evo-Stik League North club Droylsden as they bid to return to the Premier Division.

Ten new signings have already been confirmed by Dave Pace in Ben Wharton, Jamie Frost, Dimitri Tuanzebe, Jack Rudge, Will Jones, Alex Frost, George Leigh, Wayne Riley, Ben Barber and Danny Hall.

Leading the line will be 6`2” striker Ben Wharton who was with league rivals Brighouse Town during the second half of last season.

Wharton numbers Stockport County, Rochdale, Northwich Victoria, Buxton, Radcliffe Borough, Warrington Town and Bamber Bridge amongst his former clubs.

Following Wharton from Brighouse is another forward, Jamie Frost.

The former Burnley striker joined Town a year ago after spending over ten years with Premier League Burnley.

Another forward option is Dimitri Tuanzebe, the brother of Manchester United`s Axel.

He was on the books of league rivals Clitheroe last season.

Originally a trainee with Rochdale, he has since had spells with Chadderton, Ashton United and New Mills.

Twenty-two-year-old midfielder Rudge arrives at the Butcher`s Arms from Evo-Stik Premier side Warrington Town.

Jack Rudge

He came up through the ranks at Manchester United.

Whilst on the Reds` books he had a loan spell with Torquay United and since being released in the summer of 2014, has been at Halesowen Town and then the Wire.

Goalkeeper Will Jones returns to the Bloods from Tameside rivals and neighbours Mossley AFC.

The 6`2” Jones is a well-travelled keeper who signed for Mossley in July 2015 after previous experience with Colwyn Bay, Stamford AFC, Spennymoor Town and Droylsden, having begun as a youth player with FC United of Manchester.

Another returning to the club is Alex Frost, who is a versatile defender who can play either right-back or centre-back.

He left the Bloods in February 2015 to join Ramsbottom United.

Frost made over 200 appearances for Ashton United and also appeared in the colours of Curzon Ashton and Trafford.

Twenty-two-year-old centre-back George Leigh returns to the area after representing Stirling University in Scotland.

Leigh was released by Rochdale in the summer of 2013 whereupon he headed north of the border.

Riley is a midfielder who joined Nantwich Town ahead of the 2016/17 after leaving Welsh Premier side Airbus UK Broughton.

Wayne Riley

The 28-year-old started his career at Northwich Victoria, scoring the winner in an FA Cup tie with Charlton Athletic in 2009.

He went on to score 38 times in 155 games for Vics over three seasons and then followed manager Andy Preece to Airbus UK in summer 2012.

He had two seasons with the Wingmakers before switching to Hednesford Town for the 2013/14 season.

He spent one season with the Pitmen before joining Chester FC in 2014 and eventually re-joined Airbus in 2015.

Left-back Barber departed Manchester United at the end of his scholarship in 2014 before signing with fellow top-flight club Stoke City.

But left the Potteries without playing a first-team game and signed for York City in the summer of 2016.

He had a spell on loan with the Bloods` Tameside neighbours Curzon Ashton during last season before being released by the Minstermen upon their relegation from the National League in May.

Meanwhile, donning the boots once more will be 33-year-old defender Danny Hall, who announced his retirement last year after being with Stalybridge Celtic.

Hall started his career with Oldham Athletic back in 2002, making sixty-four appearances for the Latics over four seasons, scoring once.

He spent 2003 on loan at Scarborough, though only made one appearance and in 2006 he joined Shrewsbury Town for two seasons, going onto make forty-two appearances.

In 2008, after a brief stint with Gretna, he returned to England with Chesterfield.

Over two seasons he made twenty-nine appearances for the Spireites, scoring 3 goals, with a period on loan at Darlington in 2009.

A year later saw him on the move again, this time to Crawley Town, where there were fourteen appearances and a loan to Forest Green Rovers for seventeen games.

In 2011, he first joined Stockport County then Hyde United. He finished the season with Hyde, joining Altrincham for the first time in 2012 before being tempted to join the mayfly club Celtic Nation for two games en-route to Guiseley AFC.

Although he spent three years at Guiseley, he only made seventeen appearances, despite being a major part of their promotion push.

In 2016, he re-joined Altrincham via Ashton Curzon, before joining Celtic briefly before retiring.


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