Evo-Stik North club Skelmersdale United have pulled off something of a coup with the signing of prolific striker Richard Brodie.
Brodie joins Skem from Vanarama National League North side Southport after ending his second spell at the Sandgrounders and joins United with his 500th senior appearance in sight with 162 goals in 492 appearances at senior level.
He began his senior career with a two-year stay in the Ebac Northern League at Whickham where he scored 21 times in thirty-five appearances before a short stint of 3 goals in eleven games for Newcastle Benfield.
A move to York City saw him hit 69 goals in 165 games over a three-year stay which included a seven-game loan at Barrow in 2008 where he scored four times.
He moved on to Crawley Town with 13 goals in forty-five games, including winning the 2010/11 Conference (National League) title before winning the following season on loan at Fleetwood Town.
Further loans came at Morecambe and Grimsby Town before moving to Gateshead.
Whilst with the Heed he scored twice in eight appearances across 2013/14 while also hitting the net once in eight games for Hereford United.
He went on loan at Southport and earned a permanent deal where he went on to score 15 goals in sixty games ahead of a single season at Aldershot Town with 5 goals in twenty-six apps in 2015/16.
He had a short stint at Stockport County, a return to York with a loan at Macclesfield Town.
A three-game stay at Boston United led to his second spell at Southport with seven appearances.
He also has two England C caps to his name from 2008 to 2009.
Brodie said: “I am delighted to sign somewhere ahead of the upcoming season. I am looking forward to playing good football and enjoying doing so under a manager whom I fully trust.”
United manager Alan Rogers expressed his delight: “Richard Brodie is a fantastic signing for the club. He has played at a much higher level and is a proven goalscorer. I am delighted to have him on board after weeks of hard work to secure him. He will be a fantastic character in the dressing room.”
Meanwhile, after impressing the recent friendly win over Bootle, Skem have secured the signatures of defender Jonathan Crane and midfielder Kevin Cringle.
Crane joins the club officially after impressing in four games as a triallist this summer and has spent time with Evo-Stik Premier side Nantwich Town and now Hallmark Security Leaguers Northwich Victoria after being part of the youth set-up at Wigan Athletic for whom he is currently a coach.
Crane said: “I am made up to sign here at Skem and am looking forward to play a part in what will hopefully be a successful season.”
Cringle joins having been released from National League side Tranmere Rovers and the end of last season and came off the bench in the second half against Bootle.
He excelled at youth level by winning six national cup medals and was captain at Liverpool under-15 level.
During his Rovers stay, he spent time at NWCL side AFC Liverpool last season on `work experience`.
Cringle said: “I’m looking forward to getting back to playing again and hoping for a good season.”
Rogers said: “Craney has done fantastic for us during pre-season and is a good footballer. He can play in a number of positions which will be a great benefit for us. I was astounded that Kevin was released by Tranmere but he will be a great addition to our squad”.
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