Football: Hilton confident Garside can make step up at Steels

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Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Chris Hilton has added a third new signing ahead of a return to pre-season training which gets underway tomorrow.

Hilton has snapped up striker Lee Garside from former club Worsbrough Bridge Athletic. He joins other new arrivals winger Chris White and central defender Ryan Laight at Bracken Moor.

Garside hit 50 goals for the Briggers in little more than two seasons at Park Road with a spell at Evo-Stik Ossett Town sandwiched inbetween.

He hit 11 goals in just over 20 appearances for the West Yorkshire outfit.

Hilton feels Garside has all the attributes to make the grade with Stocksbridge in the NPL Division One South. He said: “Lee’s more than capable of stepping up. He’s already shown that he can score goals at this level (Evo-Stik League) so I don’t see it as a gamble.

“Myself and Willie (Mark Wilson) know what he can do; he was also my captain at Worsbrough and was a leader on the pitch.”

With Ben Scott having retired, and Jack Ward understood to be joining NCEL outfit Shaw Lane Aquaforce, Hilton revealed is set to make a goalkeeper his fourth signing of the summer.

“I don’t want to say who it is at this stage until he has signed on the dotted line,” said Hilton.

“We’ve been in talks with a new ‘keeper over the past few days and I’m hopeful everything will be sorted out in the next couple of days in readiness to join us for pre-season.”

n Parkgate have received a boost ahead of pre-season training after experienced central defender Jon Wragg signed on for another season with the NCEL Premier Division side.

Manager Steve Adams was delighted to have secured the signature of Wragg who had been attracting interest from a number of other clubs.

He said: “Retaining Jon for another season will help the younger members of the squad and will add valuable experience for the first team for what promises to be an exciting season for the club.”

The Steelmen return for pre-season training next Tuesday at Green Lane and play their first warm up game on Tuesday, July 8 at Teversal.

Meanwhile, Parkgate have appointed Mark Stirling as their new physio. Stirling moves from Wakefield FC, who were expected to be wound up this week after withdrawing from the NCEL.