In the absence of Director of Football Neil Baker who has been on holiday, Blues’ chief scout Kenny Scragg has been busy signing players ahead of the new season.
In a hectic 48hrs last week, Scragg secured the signatures of no fewer than 16 players to add to the previous week’s captures of striker Matt Haddrell and central defender Mark Fitton.
Scragg was also discussing terms with 7 other players before Baker flew back to the UK on Saturday.
As a result, the following players have agreed non-contract terms at Harrison Park for the coming season:
Tom Sellers, Paul Taylor, Darren Tinson, Mark Fitton, Glyn Mellor, Ben Nixon
Oliver Mellor, Chris Millar, Richard Minor, Danny Holmes, Tim Sanders, Ricky Bridge, James Brough, Oliver Edwards, Matty Anderson, Wayne Corden.
Dan Cope, Matt Haddrell, James McCarthy.
Baker is also in talks with a prolific striker and two former favourites from last season’s Blues’ squad as well as a number of other local players he would like in his squad.
>>Father and sons to battle it out
After attending a series of ‘get togethers’ over the last few weeks, Neil Baker’s Blues’ squad will get down to pre-season training in earnest on Tuesday 5 July.
Leek will then face their first friendly of the close season at Staffs Senior League champions Ball Haye Green on Friday 15 July.
In a unique meeting of the two sides, new Green manager Darren Baker will be looking to complete a shock defeat over his illustrious father Neil, who is Blues’ Director of Football. Youngest son Martin Baker is also likely to turn out against his dad’s side.
Leek Town Director of Football, Neil Baker, has organised another working party at Harrison Park next weekend to continue sprucing up the stadium ahead of the new season.
The Blues Bar is undergoing refurbishment indoors whilst the working party will concentrate on the work outside which began two weeks ago.
Anyone wishing to help out should report to the ground from 10am onwards next Saturday.
>>‘Blues Fest’ success
Leek Town officials are considering making the ‘Blues Fest’ a regular event following the success of the multi-band gig on Sunday.
Live music fans turned up in numbers on Sunday in support of 5 local bands and a superb teenage solo artist who brought the house down during his two sets.
Over 100 live band fans attended the 7-hour gig that featured the cream of local musical talent in the Staffordshire Moorlands area.