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09 May 2017 : Danny O'Brien and Michael Simpson will be back next season

Two players contesting the right back position at Runcorn Linnets have again thrown their hats into the ring for the 2017-18 campaign.

Danny O'Brien and Michael Simpson are both integral parts of manager Michael Ellison's plans.

Not only are they are accomplished full backs but they are just as comfortable in midfield.

It was as a holding player in the centre of the park that Danny joined the club last summer from Hallmark Security League rivals, Cammell Laird 1907 before a long-term injury to Jay Roberts led to Danny filling the role on the right of defence.

Danny did an excellent job but has also reverted to his defensive midfield berth on occasions.

Boss Ellison said: 'Danny has had an excellent first season with us. He is very accomplished and confident in possession while also being strong and hard to knock off the ball.

'Most importantly, he is a very good defender, who just gets on with the job with the minimum of fuss. As he has shown from time to time, he has a powerful shot on him too.'

Michael, a graduate of the Academy at Bury, returned to Runcorn Linnets in December for a third spell and soon made the four appearances he needed for 100 in the Yellow and Green.

The utility man has, with his high-octane displays, also added to his goal tally - the highlight in 2016-17 being his late equaliser which set up a memorable win at Bootle.

Ellison said: 'Simmo is one of those players who bursts with energy and has again been top drawer since coming back to us from Prescot Cables.

'With Adam Wade moving to Singapore and (assistant manager) Matt (Cross) and I having also retired, Simmo and Mark Houghton are now the only members of our 2013 North West Challenge Cup winning team still playing for the club.

'I hope that they can help us to more silverware in the coming season.'

Recent Headlines

25 Jul : Runcorn beat Eagle Sports 8-0

22 Jul : Runcorn beat Middlewich Town 1-9

20 Jul : Visit to Prescot is added to pre-season schedule

19 Jul : Great prizes to be won in our Millbank Golf Day raffle - tickets now on sale

18 Jul : Runcorn lose to Marine 0-1

15 Jul : Runcorn beat Witton Albion 4-2

14 Jul : Former Supporters Club chairman Stan Mayhew dies at 96

11 Jul : Linnets gear up for 200 Club recruitment drive ahead of fundraising switch

11 Jul : James Eastup takes place on board after co-option

08 Jul : August league fixtures are released

08 Jul : Runcorn beat Conwy Borough FC 1-6

07 Jul : Draw released for The Emirates FA Cup 2017-18

28 Jun : First-team physio needed at Runcorn Linnets

27 Jun : Regular fan Ellis is programmed for editor's role

25 Jun : Volunteers do the ground work for season ahead

24 Jun : Jack is Runcorn Linnets' latest signing - at a day old!

20 Jun : Support is needed to keep Travel Club on the road

17 Jun : Macron Challenge Cup draw

14 Jun : Skelmersdale United fill July 29th friendly vacancy

13 Jun : Runcorn Linnets seek replacement opposition for home friendly on July 29th

06 Jun : First refusal on 2017-18 player sponsorship to last season's sponsors

01 Jun : Runcorn Linnets youth team chosen to represent Runcorn & District

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