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Triple Signing Swoop by Skem

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Ahead of today’s game against Halesowen Town, Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division strugglers Skelmersdale United have made a triple swoop.

New manager Alan Rogers has welcomed 19-year-old forward Remy Howarth to the Uretek Stadium.

The young striker joins the club on a loan deal from Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn Rovers after spending the previous three months on loan with NPL First Division North side Bamber Bridge.

He joined Brig on an initial one-month loan but saw his stay extended after a string of good performances, which included a goal in the 4-0 home win over Goole AFC in November.

His last appearance came in the 3-1 win over Burscough a fortnight ago but he has rich experience for parent club Blackburn, having made twenty-nine appearances last season, scoring 3 goals.

He was also part of the Rovers side that reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

The second of three new signings sees Reece McNally make the short move from neighbours Burscough.

The 20-year-old defender makes the move from the NPL First Division North outfit having made twenty-nine appearances for the Linnets this season and scoring one goal, which came in the recent defeat to Droylsden.

He joined the Linnets after a successful season as part of the Wigan Athletic youth team.

Completing a trilogy of signings, Steven Gillespie comes to Skelmersdale as a player-coach on loan from league rivals Warrington Town.

Gillespie has vast experience dating back to his youth when he was at Liverpool before moving across the Football League with spells at Bristol City, Colchester United, Fleetwood Town, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town and Altrincham.

He made the move away from the latter to join Warrington in 2015 where he was part of the title winning team that secured promotion to the NPL for the Yellows.

His best spell came at Colchester United where after signing for a £400,000 fee, went on to score 25 goals in ninety-eight appearances for the U’s.

At 31, he will bring a lot of experience to the Uretek Stadium having amassed around 300 career appearances.

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