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10 Jul 2020 : Former Mossley marksman Ryan Brooke targets Linnets success

Runcorn Linnets' new recruit Ryan Brooke is no stranger to the club - having scored against us for Mossley early last season!

The 29-year-old striker is the first player from outside the existing group at The Millbank to be captured by boss Calum McIntyre.

Ryan's senior career began at Oldham Athletic where he played in the Football League and had loan spells at Barrow and AFC Telford United.

Upon leaving Oldham, after 29 first team appearances, he moved to Altrincham before helping Curzon Ashton into National League North.

His first spell of two at Tameside Stadium brought him 41 goals in 121 outings.

He returned to Curzon after a stint at Nantwich Town to enjoy 37 further appearances with nine more goals, mostly from midfield.

Ryan was Mossley's first summer signing of 2019 and we now welcome him to Runcorn Linnets!

10 Jul 2020 : Kurt Sherlock stays with Linnets

Striker Kurt Sherlock is the fourth player from last season's squad to confirm he is staying at Runcorn Linnets.

Manager Calum McIntyre said:

"Kurt is someone that was really keen to stay at the club, which was really pleasing, so it's great to have got it done.

"He's scored goals wherever he's been, at a variety of levels, and we are happy to have got him committed for next season."

06 Jul 2020 : Squad update from the manager

It has now been three weeks since my appointment as manager of Runcorn Linnets and I wanted to take the opportunity to update our supporters on our retention and recruitment of players for the coming season.

Since our appointment, my staff and I have made engaging those players who were with the football club at the end of last season our immediate priority.

As I am sure you can understand, the current situation in the country means that the process of doing this is not as straight forward as in a normal year. We have no confirmed start date and were unable to meet the group in full due to social distancing restrictions.

Despite these challenges, we held a meeting with a number of the existing players and shared a detailed presentation as to what next season will look like. For those that weren't present, we sent this out separately and arranged to meet separately. Of the four players that could not attend the meeting at the ground, I have met three individually since.

We recognised the uncertain situation that has existed for last season's players in the period since the early curtailment of the season and the fact that the club had not been able to discuss their futures with them. With this in mind, we absolutely prioritised discussions with these players over all else. There has been a number of phone conversations alongside these meetings and we have made favourable offers to a number of these players and we are currently awaiting a response from a number of them.

Last week saw us get Ben Wharton, Ally Brown and Scott Lycett confirmed for next season, which I am absolutely delighted about.

I am really clear in what the identity of our group will be for next season and all three players ticked every box. All are immensely proven at this level with a series of promotions and play-off campaigns between them. We want our experienced players to have experience of being at the right end of the table and play their part in ensuring that the environment we are all working in creates that kind of success.

When I was appointed, our staff and I had a significant list of players that were not currently at the football club that we wanted to speak to to discuss potential opportunities. These players are from a variety of backgrounds, a mix of players who are a proven success in this league, players that are leaving football clubs further up the pyramid that share our ambition and a group of players aged 19-21, who are leaving Football League and National League clubs and looking for an opportunity to climb the ladder once more.

Having made offers to the players that were here last season, now is the right time for us to begin announcing players that will be joining the club from elsewhere for next season.

This week we expect to be able to announce another proven forward at this level, who has also plied his trade further up the pyramid, as well as a versatile player who has been full-time at a Football League club until very recently and has enjoyed a series of successful loan spells over the past three seasons.

We have agreed terms with a player at a club further up the non-league pyramid, who will join us at the expiry of his contract, and are in advanced discussions with a Premier League club with regards to a young loan signing that would form a key part of our group for next season.

Alongside this, we have offered terms to two other players, one who has spent the vast majority of his career in the division above, as well as a player that has spent much of his career in the Welsh Premier League, having previously been at a Football League club.

We have been really specific on the kind of player and character we want at the club next season and that has been a key theme in the conversations we have had with both players we wish to retain and players we wish to bring in.

As well as the players that we have made offers to, we have held discussions with a number of players that will join up with us for pre-season training as they look to impress.

We will be casting our eye over a number of players and they all have some kind of exciting pedigree.

Many of these have experience of success in the National League systems, as well as those younger players that have recently left League One or League Two clubs while another has returned to the UK after playing full-time football abroad for the past three seasons.

One thing that I cannot stress enough is that I am so clear as to what type of players we want for next season and have made those offers of both a deal or an invite to pre-season with this in mind.

We will not rush to put a squad together the way some clubs are at present, we will simply be working as hard as possible to commit the best possible players to Runcorn Linnets for next season.

Once again, many thanks for the warm welcome all of the new management team have received over the last few weeks.

Keep your eyes peeled to the club news outlets over the next few days and weeks as we continue to put our squad together and I really look forward to meeting you all at The Millbank as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Stay safe,


01 Jul 2020 : Player recruitment under way as three agree terms with new boss

Runcorn Linnets' new manager Calum McIntyre has started the process of assembling his squad for the season ahead.

Calum's first piece of transfer business was to agree terms with three of last season's players with striker Ben Wharton joining defenders Ally Brown and Scott Lycett in committing to stay at The Millbank.

Calum said: "I'm delighted to get Ben committed for next season. He is a proven goalscorer at this level and will be a key part of what we want to do. He was keen to stay with the club so I'm really pleased.

"Ally's another with real experience of this level and of being at the right end of the league. His energy levels and desire to get forward will make him a crucial signing for us.

"Scott's another player we have been able to retain from the existing group, which is really pleasing. From our first conversation, I knew Scott was the right character for us and once again he's a player who knows the level inside out."

In other news, winger Ryan Gibson has opted to leave the club and while thanking him for his contribution during his time with us, we wish Ryan the best of luck with his future career.

25 Jun 2020 : Lifelong fan joins McIntyre's Army

Runcorn Linnets are happy to announce that lifelong fan, David Phillips is the latest addition to new manager Calum McIntyre's backroom staff.

David will join the coaching team as assistant goalkeeping coach under the guidance of new goalkeeping coach, Graeme Hewitt.

After being a Runcorn fan since the early 2000s, David began his behind-the-scenes journey long before people may think. In the 2012/13 season, he worked closely with the then head kitman, Vernon Dwerryhouse in learning the job and everything that is involved in being a non-league kitman, followed by Jon Urquhart for a number of seasons.

David stepped up from the role of assistant to become head kitman in 2018, and he became a vital part of the dressing room while building a great relationship with manager Michael Ellison and the squad.

For the last two years, David has been very highly thought of by not only the squad and backroom staff but by everyone involved with the club. At the start of last season, under the watchful eye of Ello, David began a side journey as goalkeeper coach until goalkeeper coach Chris Appleton came into the club earlier this year. At that point, David began learning the ropes and all the detailed ins and outs of life of a goalkeeper.

David made the decision to step down as head kitman in late April in the hope of pursuing his role on the goalkeeping side of the game.

When new boss Calum arrived at the club, it was uncertain what would happen with the support team and this left David's position up in the air.

However, the new manager is very happy to welcome David into the backroom staff; "We are really pleased that David is going to continue to support the coaching team. He will work in support of our new goalkeeper coach but also provides some essential continuity on the coaching team. We are keen to provide such continuity in a number of areas including players, so this was a real positive".

David said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining the backroom staff as it is something I really enjoyed over the past 12 months. I have worked with some fantastic people over the last eight years behind the scenes in numerous different roles and I'm over the moon that Calum has allowed me to continue my progress".

Asked about how he felt about working with new goalkeeper coach Graeme Hewitt, David added: "He's a coach with huge pedigree, having worked with some great clubs over his coaching career. I'm excited to be able to learn from someone with so much knowledge and desire to develop our club's goalkeepers".

David would also like to extend his gratitude to the previous management team and close friends, Michael Ellison and Matt Cross for giving him the opportunity to begin his coaching journey into the world of goalkeeping while thanking Chris Appleton for giving him some great insight into what it takes to be a non- league coach.

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