Brighouse Town looking to replace quality of former captain Leon Henry

Brighouse Town manager, Paul Quinn
Brighouse Town manager, Paul Quinn

AHEAD of tomorrow’s second home pre-season friendly with Buxton United (7.45pm), Brighouse Town manager Paul Quinn has revealed that former club captain Leon Henry has left the club.

Henry, 29, has joined rivals Ossett Town after four seasons with Town following spells at Ashton United and Mossley.

The diminutive and pacey left-sided player will be missed for his threat to opposition defences and his all round commitment.

Quinn has also released goalkeeper Paul Hagreen with a view to bringing in a more experienced custodian.

He hopes to have someone in place before tomorrow’s game against the Derbyshire side, who play in the Premier Division of the Evo-Stik NPL.

Hagreen, 22, joined Brighouse for a second spell last year after leaving to gain experience at Liversedge, Knaresborough and Garforth Town.

Town will come up against an experienced Buxton outfit who on Tuesday night beat Macclesfield 2-0 at Silverlands to retain the Keith Alexander Memorial Trophy.

Already this season they have entertained Darlington 1883 and lost 3-1 and then last Friday lost 3-2 against Crewe after leading 2-0.

Ironically, Buxton was the breeding ground for manager Quinn’s late grandfather Ian Greaves as an 18-year-old before he signed for Manchester United. He then went on to play for Sir Matt Busby before heading to Bolton Wanderers as a player and in management, plus Huddersfield Town and Mansfield Town.

Buxton, who will be represented at the game by Brighouse-based vice chairman Tony Tomlinson, who taught history and coached Quinn for football at All Saints RC, Bradley Bar, wanted the game at home but a major function in the clubhouse stood in the way.

Their manager, entering his sixth season, is Martin McIntosh, the former Huddersfield Town player and he is assisted by Tim Ryan, who had a successful few seasons with David Penney at Doncaster Rovers.

In the past few days they have signed Danish goalkeeper Jan Budtz from Gainsborough Trinity who is still on the development coaching staff at Doncaster Rovers, where he played alongside Ryan.

Also on board after Tuesday’s game with the Silkmen is former Rotherham Utd fullback Reece Lucas to join midfielder or striker Lee Bennett who comes in from Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

Also on the books is the experienced midfielder Ricky Ravenhill, formerly with Bradford City, Mansfield Town, Northampton Town and Doncaster Rovers. Following their game at the Dual Seal Stadium Buxton have a 12-day break before entertaining Nigel Clough’s Championship side Burton Albion.

Full-back Jordan Coduri has joined the Town squad from AFC Emley after making his debut against FC Halifax, but manager Quinn says he is away for the next two games.

He said: “Stephen Mallory joins us from Scarborough Athletic and the experienced midfielder will certainly add to the squad.

“Jacob Buchanan, who debuted on Saturday, has come through the closed season trial process and impressed against Halifax.

“We are working hard on adding others to the squad prior to Friday, including a striker and a midfield player. We expect to keep adding to the squad over the coming weeks.

“On reflection, last Saturday’s game came a bit too early for us, not taking anything away from Halifax.

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