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17 Jun 2018 : Kris Holt agrees terms for coming season
Kris Holt is looking forward to another tilt at EVO-STIK League football - this time with Runcorn Linnets.
All-action attacking midfielder Kris has committed to the Linnets' cause for 2018-19 after being a key component of last season's title success in The Hallmark Security League.
It will mean a relatively swift return to Step Four football, which he sacrificed in the first half of last season to rejoin the Linnets after a spell in the EVO-STIK with Atherton Colls.
The player's dual registration allowed him to answer a late-October SOS to play for the injury-ravaged Linnets in a home FA Vase replay against Team Northumbria.
He featured for good measure in the memorable win in the next round at Sunderland RCA in mid November. This helped to 100% convince Kris that The Millbank was the place he wanted to be.
Kris was amply rewarded with a major part in the Linnets' run to the Premier Division championship.
Manager Michael Ellison said: 'I think we all saw last season the kind of lad Holty is when he made that long midweek trip to Sunderland when he had been playing at Colls since the second game of the season.
'If you remember, he set up the winning goal for Mark Houghton.
'He has a great engine, excellent positional awareness and the important ability to score goals.'
The manager added: 'His previous spell in the EVO-STIK will have benefitted him and will also help us. It is always useful to have experience of the level you are going to be playing at and I have no doubt Kris will continue to be a big asset for us going forward.'
14 Jun 2018 : Adam Jones heads for pastures new at Padiham
Runcorn Linnets' young utility man Adam Jones has opted to depart The Millbank Linnets Stadium.
The player is expected to stay in The Hallmark Security League Premier Division by joining Padiham.
Linnets boss Michael Ellison said: 'This was very much Adam's decision. We are disappointed to see him leave but wish him well.'
Adam made 35 appearances for the club after arriving last pre-season, scoring twice.
12 Jun 2018 : Boss tips Mitch Bryant to take big chance to shine
Manager Michael Ellison reckons Runcorn Linnets fans will see front man Mitch Bryant's true capabilities in the season ahead.
Having joined the club last summer, the former Conference South striker spent much of his first season on the fringes of selection.
However, Ello has proved to be an excellent judge of players since becoming boss at The Millbank and he firmly believes that Mitch will make a significant impact next time around.
'We have all seen glimpses of what he can do,' said the manager, 'and I have no doubt that he can and will produce that kind of form on a regular basis if he gets an extended run in the side.'
With last season's second top goal scorer Stuart Wellstead departing the Linnets to enter management and long-serving deputy skipper Mark Houghton set to sit out the early part of the season because of impending groin surgery, there is every possibiility of Mitch playing a bigger part.
Ellison admits that bolstering his depleted strikeforce is high on the list of priorities. But he is also confident that Mitch, who once hit six in a game for Basingstoke Town in the second tier of English non-league, will relish a return to Northern Premier football.
Mitch has previously represented Mossley, Trafford and Clitheroe in the EVO-STIK divisions.
Ellison adds: 'Mitch has played and proved himself at a much higher level and I believe with a good pre-season behind him, the rise in standard which the EVO-STIK brings will again suit him and really bring out the best in the player.
'He was very keen to stay and he certainly has the ability, strength, experience and knowhow. I am expecting big things from him next season.'
11 Jun 2018 : Mark Houghton will extend long stay but surgery must come first
Club vice-captain Mark Houghton, already one of the longest-serving players in Runcorn Linnets' history, is to continue with the club - although the resumption of his Millbank career will inevitably be delayed.
Striker Houghto last season became only the third to pass the 200 games landmark with the club, following our record appearances holder Matt Atherton and the now Linnets manager Michael Ellison.
The deputy skipper has committed for the forthcoming campaign.
An excellent club man, the former Southport player looks set, however, to miss the start of the forthcoming campaign as he needs surgery on a troublesome groin injury.
'Houghto was hampered by the problem for much of the season just ended,' said team boss Ellison.
'He was prepared to battle through in typically unselfish fashion. However, it has reached the stage now where the injury needs sorting.
'The downside is that he will miss the start of the season but the positive is we can expect to get back a fully fit Houghto, firing on all cylinders.'
The manager added: 'We will need our senior players and having Mucker (Kyle Hamid), Paul Shanley, Louis Corrigan and Freddie (Potter) committing so early is a massive boost.'
10 Jun 2018 : Aaron Morris agrees terms for new season deal
Aaron Morris, one of the central defenders to have been voted Supporters Club Player of the Year over the last two seasons, has agreed a deal to stay at the club.
The 2018-19 season is an exciting step forward for the Linnets and Aaron, who has hardly put a foot wrong since joining the club in the summer of 2016, intends to be at the forefront as the club enters a new EVO-STIK League era.
Manager Michael Ellison said: 'He has been a key part of our defensive unit, initially in the season before last when he was an impressive ever present.
'While our goal scoring record dominated the headlines in 2017-18, our defensive capabilities were equally important to our title run and Aaron played a big part alongside Jimmy Moore, who succeeded him as player of the year.
'It is great news that an excellent young player such as Aaron has confirmed a willingness to stay with Runcorn Linnets as we move up to the next level.'
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