SOLDIER Josh Ollerenshaw, Mossley’s new goalkeeper, is aiming to be a top shotstopper for the Lilywhites.
The former Oldham Athletic professional, who serves in the second batallion of the Duke of Lancashire Regiment, has signed on a two-month loan from neighbours Ashton United.
Stalybridge-based Ollerenshaw, 28, who made his debut at Widnes on Saturday (Dec 15) is joined by another keeper, Stuart Morrison.
The former Cheadle Town keeper also plays for Mossley’s U21 development team.
Incredibly, the pair become the seventh and eighth goalkeepers to appear for Mossley in less than half a season.
During pre-season they used three keepers, Johny Diba Musangu, who became the early season number one, and trialists Marcus Burgess and Tony Aghayere.
Since the season started, Mossley have used three further loanees, Harry Turner, Joao Mendes and Ben Purdham before making their two latest signings.
Ollerenshaw, an imposing 6ft 5in, is no stranger to Mossley as he made four appearances for the Lilywhites during a loan spell from Oldham Athletic in 2010/11.
He was at Oldham Athletic between the ages of 14 and 20 and since then has played non-league for Altrincham, Curzon Ashton, Colwyn Bay twice, Fleetwood Town, Stalybridge Celtic and Hyde United.
During this time he also doubled up as a goalkeeper coach at Oldham Athletic for all groups from Under-8s to U18s.
Ollerenshaw had two years out of football after joining the Army aged 25 and only returned last season when he helped Ashton United win promotion to National League North.
Kingsman Ollerenshaw has just returned from a three-month tour of duty to Kenya where his batallion was playing enemy to the Irish Guards and Parachute Regiment in exercises.
“I didn’t kick a ball for three months and it was a case of dusting off the cobwebs at my first Mossley training session,” he said.
When Ollerenshaw, currently on leave for one month, returns to Army duty in the New Year he anticipates further overseas tours.
Ollerenshaw married Daisy in May and they have a 14-month-old daughter Ivy Rose.
He says being a professional footballer served him well for Army life.
Ollerenshaw said: “As a footballer I grew up with changing-room banter and that prepped me for Army life.
“It can be savage if you are not prepared for it, and a case of having to adapt to it.
“As I had also done football coaching with younger players, it made it easier to get on with younger lads in my batallion as I am one of the oldest.”