Lilywhites battle to keep star man Tom Pratt

MOSSLEY FOOTBALL Club is facing its annual battle to hold on to star man Tom Pratt.

Tom Pratt in action (picture by Mike Smith)

The former Bury trainee, who made two first-team appearances for the Shakers, is again attracting attention from other clubs.

“Tom has received a few offers so we will have to wait and see what he decides,” explained joint manager Lloyd Morrison.

It was a similar story 12 months ago when Pratt was one of the hottest properties on the local non-league scene, but decided to stay at Seel Park where he has been happy.

Pratt, who is 22 on June 3, joined Mossley before the start of the 2014/15 season. He has made 171 appearances for the club, scoring 45 goals.

Morrison added that none of last season’s players has informed the club they are leaving.

And four key men – captain Tom Dean, Liam Ellis, Elliott Harrison and Mo Ali – have pledged their futures to the club.

Morrison added he and Peter Band have a host of new signings lined up.

But as players are reluctant to commit at this stage, he says it is impossible to say who they are until they turn up.

“If everybody comes we could have 35 players at pre-season which would be remarkable,” added Morrison.

Mossley have also made an addition to their backroom staff by signing Chris Appleton who will be primarily goalkeepers’ coach, but he can also do outfield players.

Appleton has coached at Winsford, Barnton and Whitchurch and comes to the club highly recommended.

Mossley have finalised their pre-season programme that comprises seven friendlies – four at home and three away. They are:

Tues, July 11: Curzon Ashton (H)

Sat, July 15: Rochdale Sacred Heart (A)

Sat, July 22: 1874 Northwich (H)

Tues, July 25: Winsford United (A)

Sat, July 29: Stalybridge Celtic (H)

Tues, Aug 1: Abbey Hey (A)

Sat, Aug 5: Farsley Celtic (H)

Mossley’s academy will have a new home in 2017/18 season when it will be based at Whitebank Stadium, Limeside.

Manchester League club Avro is taking over the complex that is having a new 4G surface installed. The academy was based at Uppermill Cricket Club but the new venue will cater for all their needs.

Mossley have 22 academy players signed up for next season when they will again play in the Chryso Division of the NPL Academy League.

MEANWHILE, Mossley based Warmco Properties have agreed to extend their sponsorship of the club for another season.

“The club plays an important role at the heart of the community and we are pleased to be working alongside them again,” said Warmco spokesman, Matthew Scott.

 

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