Manager hopes striker signing will attract others to Lilywhites

MANAGER Dave Wild believes the signing of striker Ryan Brooke could be the catalyst to bring other top players to Seel Park.

Ryan with manager, Dave Wild

Wild, who described former Oldham Athletic player Brooke, 28, as his main transfer target, said:

“To have a player of Ryan’s experience and expertise at non-league level will probably attract one or two more players.

“It is an exciting time for the club and for me personally and hopefully the fans will buy into the new signings we are bringing in.

“This time last year we were dealing with the back end of the previous management. This time we are able to put our own stamp on things.”

Wild added Mossley are “lucky” to have a settled squad so changes will only be minimal.

“We will only be adding two or three players, but ones of real quality,” he added.

Brooke made a goalscoring debut as a substitute for Oldham Athletic in the League One match at Walsall on the last day of the 2008-09 season.

He went on to make 31 appearances for the Boundary Park club scoring two goals, though a se-rious ankle injury curtailed his progress.

In the 2011-12 season he had loan spells with Barrow and AFC Telford United before his release at the end of the season along with eight other players.

He joined Altrincham in May 2012 scoring six goals in 22 appearances for the Robins in the 2012-13 season.

Brooke joined Curzon for the first time in 2013 and helped the club to the Evo-Stik League, first division north title in his first season, before playing an integral part in the promotion campaign to the National League North.

In August 2016, after 121 appearances and 41 goals, Brooke left for Nantwich Town and scored on his debut the following day.

He returned to Curzon for a second spell in November 2017 and made 37 appearances, mostly in midfield, but still managed nine goals last season, including the opener against Mossley in the final of the Manchester FA Premier Cup.

Brooke explained why he has joined Mossley: “I know a couple of the lads – Adam Jones and Max Leonard and they spoke highly of the club.

“It was in the back of my mind my time at Curzon was coming to an end and this is an exciting project and the club should be in an ever better position next season and hopefully I can also personally kick on.”

Brooke also revealed the travel commitments of playing in National League North, coupled with “my ever-increasing family” also influenced his decision to leave Curzon.

Mossley centre-back Adam Jones has also re-signed for the 2019-20 season.

Jones joins Max Leonard, Declan Evans and Dieter Downey in staying at Seel Park.

Mossley have released squad players Mason Duffy, Logan Jeffs, Danny MacLaughlin and Izzy Miranda while Raul Correia, the former Blackpool professional, left at the end of the season.

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