Sheffield non league: Steels land goalie pair

Handsworth Parramore  new signings; L to R Warren Burrell, Nicky Travis and Vill Powell.
Handsworth Parramore new signings; L to R Warren Burrell, Nicky Travis and Vill Powell.
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Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Chris Hilton has added goalkeepers Liam Flynn and Sam Andrews to his squad.

A new keeper had been one of Hilton’s priorities after Ben Scott announced he was retiring at the end of last season and Jack Ward’s decision to move on.

Flynn arrives from Goole AFC having previously played at Sheffield FC, while Andrews has signed as back-up on dual registration with NCEL Shirebrook Town.

“They’re good quality goalkeepers” said Hilton. “Liam was one of my main targets; I’d seen play for Sheffield, he was very impressive. He is everything you want in a goalkeeper; he has great presence, is an excellent shot stopper and a good attitude.”

Midfielder James Knowles has resigned. “We’ve kept James who was here last season and was at Burton before that. He’s impressed us in the last couple of training session so we’ve snapped him up” Hilton said.

Having already added former Owls and Blades midfielder Alan Quinn to their ranks, Handsworth Parramore boss Russ Eagle has further strengthened his squad too. The ambitious NCEL Premier side have secured experienced striker Vill Powell, midfielder Warren Burrell along with ex-Sheffield United midfielder Nicky Travis.

Powell, who has played for a host of clubs including Steels, Worksop Town, North Ferriby United, Grays Athletic and Goole arrives from Sheffield FC. The Ambers beat of a host of clubs to land the much sought-after Burrell. The 24 year old arrives from Worksop having started last season at Sheffield FC where he was skipper before his impressive performances at Club earned him a move to the former Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit.

Travis has recently returned after a spell playing for Australian A League side Central Coast Mariners and in Italy with Siracusa Calcio.

Eagle said; “Burrell is a leader with proven quality. Other clubs were interested in him but he can see the club’s vision to move forward.”

Eagle sees 35-year old Powell vast experience as important. “He is a key addition, both on and off the field. He not only lives and breathes the game but enhances our forward line options.”

And of Travis Eagle said; “Nicky comes highly recommended; he is a technically gifted midfielder with a great range of passing.”

n Handsworth have been drawn at home to Oadby Town in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary round on August 16.