Brighouse Town manager Paul Quinn has agreed a season-long contract at the Evo Stik Division One North club.
Quinn, 32, has been with the club since August 2011 guiding them to their highest league position following promotion from the NCEL Premier Division in 2014 and the club have backed him to take the club forward as he becomes the first contracted manager in the club’s history.
Acting chairman Charles Tolley said this was a sign of things to come as Town aim to progress at Evo Stik level.
“Paul is an ambitious young manager who has led this club to its highest-ever league position,” said Tolley.
“Paul is integral to our ambitions as a club and this will be one of several announcements in terms of recruitment and retention that we will be making.
“We’re in a highly-competitive league and we want to keep progressing as a club. We have to ensure the ambitions of those involved at a playing and coaching level are matched off the field. After stabilising our status at this level we’re now in a stronger financial position to push forward – on and off the field.”
Quinn, who was preparing his squad for the club’s opening pre-season friendly against FC Halifax on Saturday, (3pm) added: “It’s exciting times for the club in general, and we are working behind the scenes to add to the squad.
“We are aiming to finalise some deals over the next couple of weeks and in the run up to the start of the new season.
“We have the nucleus of a very good squad and with recent developments we are now in a position to strengthen further.”
Brighouse look set for some significant investment in the coming weeks.
At this evening’s AGM in the Dual Seal Stadium clubhouse, Tolley will brief his committee members and all those present – the meeting is open to supporters – on his meetings over the past couple of weeks with a Mirfield-based businessman.
Quinn has also been introduced and had talks with the property investor who has moved north from the London area and let it be known to a business associate of assistant manager, Mark Booth, he was looking to get involved with a non-league football club.
It’s understood the meetings have gone well and this evening Tolley should be able to paint a clearer picture.
Quinn, who had a former Championship midfielder training with Town on Tuesday night following his release from his Football League contract at the end of June, will have 18 players on duty against the Shaymen.
“There will be some new faces among those 18 and, following the game, I’m hopeful over the following few days to get a few of my targets over the line,” added Quinn. “The pitch is in superb nick and their manager, Billy Heath, should be delighted his new charges are having a run out on it.
“Halifax is a big club and Heath said he was stepping down from going into the National League with North Ferriby as these chances don’t
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come along that often in your career. With Halifax’s success at Wembley over Grimsby Town in the FA Trophy final, and despite their subsequent relegation to the National League North, it is expected a significant three figure support will make the four mile journey to Town’s ground.
Town will play in their new sponsored strip that was on view to the players and committee on Tuesday night at a very well attended training session.
Admission for the game will be £10 including guaranteed parking, with concessions £7 and children under 12 free. There will be a barbecue going, a bar outside and only cold food, pies etc in the clubhouse. Rob Mitchell’s Town Ladies team members have put themselves forward to act as stewards.
The main half time draw prize, which should excite Halifax fans, is a framed and signed picture of Millwall striker Lee Gregory when he was at the Shay.
Town are asking supporters to take advantage of the car parking and not park on verges leading up to the ground.
Town will go to Buxton on Friday week before having their second pre-season game at home to Harrogate Railway Athletic on Tuesday, July 19 (7.45).