MOSSLEY Football Club has reinforced its midfield with three further signings.
Paul Marshall, Craig Roddam and Simon Lenighan have all experience of playing at a higher level.
While Marshall and Roddam have played for the Lilywhites pre-season, Lenighan was more of a surprise capture.
Manager Dave Wild cannot believe his luck to have landed players of such quality, explaining: “These are massive signings and further positive signs of what is happening at the football club, both on and off the field.
“I am under no illusions that these lads would have gone elsewhere had they received better offers and wouldn’t be playing for us.
“We have a lot of good players who generally know one another and word has got out that this is a positive place to be.
“We have pieced together a good group on paper and it is now up to us to deliver on the pitch.”
Marshall, 31, came through Manchester City’s academy to become a professional and in 2008-09 was given a first-team squad number when Mark Hughes was manager.
He had loans with Blackpool, Port Vale and Aberdeen and spells with Walsall, Rochdale, Droylsden and a return to Port Vale.
Since 2012 he has had two spells at FC Halifax Town and also played for Stockport County, Bradford Park Avenue, Alfreton Town, Curzon Ashton and a short loan spell at Glossop North End.
Marshall, who had this summer been offered a deal by Buxton, represented Ireland at Under-19s and starred for England 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt, winning three caps.
Wild said: “Paul has lots of experience and quality as you can see from him training with Manchester City’s first team.
“He is left-footed and adds balance to the team. He is great at set plays and is also a great lad.”
Roddan, 26, began his career as a junior with Wigan Athletic before joining the Liverpool academy.
Following his release from Liverpool he joined Accrington Stanley on a short-term deal.
A spell with Witton Albion followed before he joined League of Ireland, premier division side Sligo Rovers for whom he made more than 50 appearances in two seasons with the club.
Wild described Roddam’s signing as “coming out of nowhere”.
Roddam was at Liverpool at the same time as recent-signing Adam Morgan with whom he is good friends.
He has a job coaching at Manchester City’s academy and Wild said: “Craig’s football with us fits around his coaching and his coaching will fit around his football.
“He is a good, technical player who is very professionally minded and a great addition to the squad.”
Lenighan was another transfer that Wild said was “not planned” and came about through mutual friends.
He was offered a deal this summer by National League side Boreham Wood and also wanted by Blyth Spartans but Wild said he didn’t want to relocate to London and the Blyth deal was not right.
Lenighan, 25, began his career as a junior with Leeds United before having spells with Harrogate Town, Frickley Athletic, Rotherham United, Altrincham, Guiseley and most recently FC Halifax Town.
“Simon has trained previously at Curzon Ashton and Stockport Town previously so knows John Flanagan and myself and getting him is another good piece of business.”
Wild has assembled what appears a formidable squad but he said everybody will be needed as they have the league and four cup competitions to contest.
He said: “We will have to contend with injuries, bans – captain Andy Keogh is suspended for the first three matches – and loss of form.
“Ideally I would love to still have the same settled group at the end of the season, though realistically that won’t happen.
“If you ask me are we in a better place than 12 months ago, the answer is 100-per-cent yes. We are stronger, both on and off the field, and in a good place and can’t wait for the season to start.”
Wild, 31, added he is “lucky” to have been given the opportunity to manage a club with such an illustrious history, at such a young age and he is desperate to repay the faith shown in him.
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