Brighouse Town have added to their coaching staff and will also welcome two new faces to their squad tonight (Thurs) when pre-season training commences at 7pm.
Veteran midfielder Martin Allison, who saw promotion at this level with Ashton United, becomes a player-coach.
Allison, 35, will work with the midfield players to develop their game and also be in the frame for selection.
“Martin, who has been with us for several seasons now, is happy with this role and he brings a lot of experience to the training ground and pitch after also playing with Ashton, Mossley, Ossett Albion, and also with Hyde United at Conference North level,” said manager Paul Quinn.
Ovenden, West Riding’s right back or midfielder Scott Eastwood will also be through for training but has yet to put pen to paper to play in Evo-Stik NPL Division One, but Quinn is confident his new recruit will be joining the squad.
In the past seven days Quinn has also netted the left- back he was looking for in the shape of 24-year-old Louis Horne, who has been on the books of his hometown club Bradford City. Horne has also been on the playing register of newly-promoted Vanarama National League North club FC United and has since then taken a year out of the game.
He too will be at the Dual Seal Stadium tonight to get his career back on track before talking to Quinn and his assistant Mark Booth about committing himself to the club.
The manager also revealed that fellow left-back Chris Fisher, 24, will also be commencing pre-season work when it was thought he might have to take a back seat through work.
The former Leeds United academy player is hoping he can get fully fit and challenge for a place and sort out his working schedule.
There will be training again on Saturday, next Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday before a session on Tuesday, July 7 ahead of Friday night, July 10’s pre-season home game with Eccleshill United.
The training programme for those sessions will be under Adam Hewlett, who did such a fine job last year, and the club’s physio Matt Schofield.
Quinn reported that the meeting of his coaching staff last week, which included first team coach and ex-Huddersfield Town and Fulham player Rob Wilson, Development manager Charlie Tolley, his assistant Barry Thomas and goalkeeping coach Paul Brown, was very productive.
“It’s all come round quickly and will soon fly towards the season once the pre-season friendlies kick in,” he added.
The club’s AGM will be held in the clubhouse next Thursday, July 2 at 7.30pm.
New Mills, who got a reprieve after being relegated owing to some re-structuring between the Divisions One North and South, are looking for a new manager after Roy Soule decided to step down.
Fellow league side Harrogate Railway Athletic will be searching for a new chairman after the departure of Nigel Corner who is taking a break to spend time with his young family away from work.
Brighouse old Boys have appointed a new manager for their 2015-16 West Yorkshire League Premier Division season. They have secured the services of Kim ‘Faz’ Farrand who works on the Bradford City Community programme and has also been coach of a successful Liversedge side and at Wetherby Athletic in the same division as the Old Boys.
Farrand takes over from club stalwart Phil Garbe, who had to take the reins again in the second half of the season after experienced player Glen Hall stood down.
“I am delighted we have landed Faz, who has strong links with AFC Farsley,” said Garbe. “He will meet his new charges on Thursday, July 9 at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe HS (7.00) when pre-season training begins.”
Assistant manager last season, Chris Wadsworth, attended Tuesday evening’s West Yorkshire League AGM and reported back that fixtures will commence on August 15.
He also said Elland Lower Edge-based club Huddersfield Amateurs had been accepted into Division Two and that a lot more teams were wanting to enter reserve sides and the league down the line were looking to add another division to the Alliance section.