Three key players move on

THREE key members of Mossley’s team have left Seel Park to play at higher level.

Supporters’ player-of-the-year Tom Dean, the centre half was also the Lilywhites’ leading goalscorer, has joined Buxton in Evo Stik League, premier division.

Former Oldham Athletic midfielder/striker Jack Tuohy has joined National League North side Gainsborough Trinity while defender/midfielder Keenan Quansah, the players’ player of the year, has joined Hyde United, newly promoted to Evo Stik League, premier division.

Joint manager Terry Hincks said: “Three players have left for a higher level and yes they are big losses, but we have replaced them well.

“You cannot stand in their way to better themselves, and we wish them well, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple return in the future.”

Hincks added he and Dave Wild have replaced the players, though they are not able to release details for two of the replacements, an experienced centre half and midfielder who is also a seasoned campaigner.

However, Hincks has revealed striker Ben Halfacre, who is well-known in local non-league football, will be signing while former player Danny Byrnes is returning after a spell at Clitheroe and Halesowen.

Hincks added the majority of last season’s squad will be remaining, including experienced midfielder Andy Keogh.

As it stands, four players have re-signed – exciting young central defender Declan Evans, centre-half Danny Hall who will double up as first-team coach, winger Mason Duffy and striker Mike Fish.

Duffy, the former Sheffield Wednesday academy player, is the latest to sign and Wild said: “We are over the moon.

“All the staff sat down and put together a plan whether that be players leaving, staying or coming.

“Within a split second, we all agreed Mason was someone we wanted to tie down as, as soon as he was aware that we wanted to show our commitment to him, he was over the moon himself.

“We’re a really good fit for each other. He’s going to develop with our coaching and guidance, and that’s only going to benefit the club going forward.”

Wild and Hincks have also completed an overhaul of the backroom staff.

Hall, as mentioned, becomes player/first-team coach, Paul McCoy is the new goalkeeping coach, Jack Gleave physio as Sophie Lomax has left to join Buxton and Paul Hodson is the new kitman.

McCoy began his coaching at Manchester City’s academy while at senior level has worked at Northwich Victoria and Stockport Town.

Gleave, meanwhile, has been physio with the Great Britain disabled athletics team.

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