Update on the Squad
May 21, 2024

Where we’re at

Since the end of the season, Dave Cooke and Dale Belford have been having and continue to have, discussions with several players from last season’s squad who they would like to retain. Without doubt, other clubs are offering some of these players terms and we will communicate with you once agreements have been reached or destinations are known.

Retained List

In the meantime, we can confirm that Andy Burns, Sean Cooke and AJ Leitch-Smith have committed their futures to the club, and we thank them for their loyalty.

Leaving the club for certain are Joe Willis, Tyreece Onyeka and Ethan Morgan. We believe that Joe Willis has agreed terms to join Alvechurch FC, whose hybrid model is as close to being full-time as possible and we would like to wish Joe all the best with the move and thank him for two seasons at the Boro. Both Tyreece and Ethan leave with our best wishes in pursuit of other options.

For the record loan players George Burroughs, Owen German, Connor Heath, Isaac Lee and Kian Taylor returned to their parent clubs at the end of the season and we thank them all for their time here.

New Signings

On a positive note, we are delighted to confirm the signing of 28 year-old central defender Oliver Jepson, following his departure from Bury FC. Oliver has been a long-term target for manager Dave Cooke and we have secured his signature despite firm interest from several Step 3 & 4 clubs. Oliver was captain of Kidsgrove Athletic at the start of last season but moved on to sign for Bury FC, with whom he finished last season.

Also signing is 30 year -old midfielder Caspar Hughes. Caspar is well known to Dave having been captain at Nantwich Town FC for over five seasons. But for injury Caspar would have joined the Boro last season, but now fully fit is eager to get back at it.

Finally, we can announce the signing of striker Dan Cockerline, another familiar face to Dave have spent time at Nantwich Town FC. After leaving Nantwich, Dan had a brief spell at Newcastle Town FC last season before ending the season at Warrington Rylands FC.

Interviews with each of our new signings will follow in due course.

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