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16 Jun 2022 : Dapo back on the attack for Linnets next season

Runcorn Linnets supporters took Dapo Olarewaju to their hearts from the moment he first walked through the door.

So they will be delighted to hear that the winger is returning to APEC Taxis Stadium for another season with us.

Dapo arrived at Linnets from German football in December 2020, only to see the campaign promptly shut down due to Covid.

However, he came back bright and breezy last season and made himself a firm favourite.

Opposition defences have invariably struggled to cope with his explosive pace and he also has the knack for scoring.

In 2021-22, Dapo made 43 appearances, including 17 starts, and chipped in with 11 goals.

Linnets followers will be confidently predicting another big contribution from the personable wideman next time around.

Great to have you back, Dapo!

14 Jun 2022 : Billy Paynter completes backroom staff at Runcorn Linnets

Runcorn Linnets manager Dave Wild has rounded off his backroom recruitment by signing up Billy Paynter as first-team coach.

As a former professional player, who made close to 500 appearances in the English leagues, Billy is as experienced as they come and he also brings a strong coaching pedigree.

The now 37-year old scored 131 goals in 529 league and Cup games during an impressive 17-year playing career as a striker.

Billy's involvement in coaching has included service to the Academies at Everton and Port Vale, being appointed Professional Development Phase Lead Coach at Vale Park in early November 2020.

He stepped down from his role at the end of May 2022.

Wild said: "We are delighted that Billy has agreed to join us on this journey we are all beginning together.

"He is a huge name with an unbelievable amount of experience in both the world of playing and coaching and I believe can bring in valuable support for all."

Born inLiverpool, Billy began his playing career withPort Valein 2000, and made one than 150 appearances in his six years in the Potteries, being votedPlayer of the Yearin2005.

Billy was sold toHull Cityin January 2006, before moving on toSouthend Unitedeight months later.

His career suffered something of a hiatus but after a loan spell atBradford City, it was reignited at Swindon Townwho he joined in August 2007.

Averaging more than a goal every three games with the club, he transferred toLeeds Unitedin June 2010. Billy then joinedBrighton & Hove Albionon loan in October 2011, before taking a free transfer toDoncaster Roversin August 2012.

He helped Rovers to win theLeague Onetitle in 2012-13 before being loaned out toSheffield Unitedin January 2014.

Billy signed with Carlisle United in June 2014, moving on toHartlepool Unitedafter 12 months.

He had 478 League outings with 116 goals.

Billy dropped into non-league football for a brief spell withWarrington Townin November 2017 before finally hanging up his boots.

Billy's coaching portfolio also features work at Yorkshire-based RIASA (Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy).

14 Jun 2022 : Rhain Hellawell hungry for more in 2022-23

Winger Rhain Hellawell is keen to make up for lost time after pledging his future to Runcorn Linnets.

Rhainhas agreed terms for a second season at Linnets after seeing his first affected by injuries.

Although limited to 16 appearances, including 10 starts, in 2021-22 (with two goals scored), Rhain did more than enough to suggest that there is plenty to come from the speedy wideman.

It's great to know you are staying, Rhain!

10 Jun 2022 : Linnets sign Spanish midfielder Sidi from Macclesfield

Runcorn Linnets are delighted to unveil and welcome our latest acquisition.

Sidi Sanogo Fofana joins from North West Counties League Premier Division champions, Macclesfield.

Midfielder Sidi, a 23-year-old Spanish national, last season played 26 times for the now Northern Premier League West newboys.

Known for his vision and athleticism, Sidi is good with both feet, making him ideal for a central position.

His previous clubs also include UD Fraga, EF Fraga and UE Bordeta, all in his homeland, and since coming to England he has served AFC Darwen, Bamber Bridge and Radcliffe.

Living in Blackburn, Sidi joined Macclesfield last summer for the start of their first season and made a big impression with the fans.

He can operate as a holding midfielder or in a more attacking role.

Sidi was also registered with Glossop North End during 2021-22 - making six appearances for the Hillmen either side of Christmas and New Year.

These included a 1-1 league draw against Linnets at APEC Taxis Stadium.

Sidi is on a BA degree course in sports studies ,at University of Central Lancashire.

08 Jun 2022 : Sean O'Mahony named as new vice-captain

Sean O'Mahony will be the deputy to new club skipper James Short in the forthcoming campaign.

Sean had a fantastic season in 2021-22, his colossal performances at the heart of defence earning rave reviews from fans.

His form also brought him the award as Manager's Player of the Year.

Sean made more appearances over the campaign than any other Runcorn player.

He will be a very popular choice for vice-captain and we are certain he will make an excellent job of it.

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