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Ben Joins Brother Chris At Farsley

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Evo-Stik League Premier club Farsley Celtic have announced the signing of midfielder Ben Atkinson, who will join his brother Chris at Throstle Nest.

Ben Atkinson spent twelve years at Huddersfield Town academy as a youth player before signing for Curzon Ashton prior to the 2015/16 campaign.

Whilst with Curzon, the young midfielder also had a spell at Brighouse Town on loan.

On signing with the Celts, Atkinson said: “I’m delighted to join the club. Farsley are a side on the up with great ambitions and I can’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to a new challenge and playing in a higher league.

“Stepping up a league was certainly a key factor in signing. Also, I’ve worked with Adam Lakeland for a short period when I was at Curzon Ashton and he is a top coach, so I’m looking forward to working under him as a manager, as I’m sure he will help me improve and progress as a player. And obviously my older brother Chris being at the club was a factor in joining, as he said so many positive things about the set-up at Throstle Nest.”

Looking ahead to the new campaign, the young midfielder added: “The club has great ambitions and my personal ones match those. Obviously, the play-off win last year was an outstanding achievement and there’s no reason why we can’t be fighting for promotion again in the coming season. I played against a few of the lads last year and there are some top players here and I’m really looking forward to being part of the squad.”

On joining brother Chris at Farsley, Ben revealed: “We’ve never played in the same team before, and I’ve only played against him once when I was at Huddersfield and he was at Crewe, which to be honest was strange. So, I’m really looking forward to being on the same team as him and I’m sure our mum and dad will be happy as won’t have to alternate each week to watch us both!”

Lakeland said of the club’s latest signing: “Ben is a player with the type of attitude and work ethic we expect at Farsley Celtic and he is technically very capable as well so I think it’s another good addition to the group.

“I worked with him for several weeks when he came to Curzon Ashton after leaving Huddersfield and whilst you could see his potential, it was evident he needed to play regular first-team football to gain experience of the men’s game. He got that at Brighouse where I saw him play several times and he always impressed.

“He knows that by stepping up he will have his work cut out to get into the starting eleven as we have such a strong squad, but he wanted that challenge and felt it was the right time. I’m certain with the environment we create and the way we will work on the training ground, that he will continue his development and push for a regular place in the team. I’m very pleased to have Ben on board”.

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