Highly-rated defender joins Kidsgrove Athletic

Kidsgrove Athletic have signed defender Josh Ryder following his departure from Pitching In NPL West Division leaders Leek Town.

Ryder joined Leek from neighbours Congleton Town in the summer of 2021, having impressed for two years in the North West Counties Premier Division.

He previously came through the Port Vale ranks as a scholar and was also on the books at now-Premier League side Wolves.

Ryder has missed almost a year of football after suffering a serious knee injury last season. He had made 28 appearances for the Blues during the 2022/23 campaign before suffering the injury setback.

He took to social media last month to confirm he had played his first minutes since injury, but had yet to feature competitively for Leek this season.

Now he joins a Kidsgrove side currently languishing in a mid-table position in the NPL West Division after a run of eight games without victory.

Nevertheless, they remain 15th in the division and 11 points clear of the bottom two ahead of Saturday's home game against Nantwich Town.

Manager Scott Dundas said: "I hope that signing Josh will give us the boost we all need to get back to winning games.

"With numerous phone calls and a couple of meetings, I'm delighted to have him on board.

"Josh is an outstanding talent and a real coup for the club."

Where next?

Brighouse defender makes Stocksbridge switch Stocksbridge Park Steels have announced the signing of Alex Phillipson from Brighouse Town.
Sweeney makes Macclesfield return Macclesfield have announced the signing of Dan Sweeney from Spalding United.

Match centre

Northern Premier League - Premier
Northern Premier League - East
Northern Premier League - Midlands
Northern Premier League - West

Latest photos

The Pitching In Northern Premier League newsletter

Keep up-to-date with our exclusive email newsletters.