Sheffield FC have won the race to sign highly-rated striker Aaron Moxam from local rivals Hallam.
They beat off competition from several Evo-Stik League sides including neighbours Stocksbridge Park Steels to land Moxam, who hit 17 goals for the Countrymen after returning to Sandygate for a second term in November of last year following brief spells at Staveley Miners Welfare and Teversal.
Manager Ian Whitehorne said; “This is the one we wanted. I’ve got a good feeling about him. I watched him a few times last season and he was excellent every time, he’s a great lad with a bright future and I’m really pleased he has decided to join us.”
Whitehorne tried to sign the player when he took over as caretaker boss from Curtis Woodhouse midway through last season but praised Moxam’s loyalty to his former club. “He wasn’t getting paid by Hallam and it would have been easy for him to jump ship. But he wanted to stay loyal which says a lot about the lad.”
However, it seems unlikely that Jack Muldoon will be returning to the club. Muldoon enjoyed a successful spell at Sheffield while on loan from North Ferriby United last season. Whitehorne was hoping to bring the striker back to Dronfield on a permanent basis but said; “To be honest I would to see him back here and he’d like to return too. Unfortunately with our playing budget cut we don’t have the money.”
Stocksbridge Park Steels have announced a price deal for their forthcoming home friendlies against Sheffield United on Monday July 22, Rotherham United two days later then Sheffield Wednesday on Friday August 2. Admission to each game will be £5 for Adults and OAP’s with one accompanying child up to 16 free of charge with any additional children up to 16 at £2 each.
n Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Maltby Main moved swiftly to appoint a new manager following a u-turn made by recently appointed Martin Barnsfield. The Miners had named Barnsfield just last week to succeed Chris Dunn who had stepped down last month due to work commitments.
However, after initially accepting the post Barnsfield then informed Maltby he was staying at Millmoor Juniors.
So with the new season just four weeks away Maltby appointed former Arnold Town boss Gary Hayward as their new manager. Hayward will be assisted by Paul Rawden, who was with Lincoln Moorlands Railway last term, with former Maltby and Wakefield player Paul Staniforth completing the new-look management trio.
n Steve Adams begins his reign as Parkgate manager tomorrow with the visit of Rotherham United to Roundwood (2pm) in the first of the Steelmen’s warm-up matches. Adams was unveiled as new manager last month.
n The week ahead’s pre-season friendlies include: Tomorrow: Dinnington Town v Bawtry Town, Parkgate v Rotherham United, Retford United v Doncaster Rovers. Tuesday, Appleby Frodingham v Retford United, Dinnington Town v Sheffield Wednesday XI, Kinsley Boys v Maltby Main, Rossington Main v Doncaster Rovers.