Statement signing for Ossett United

Former Wolves forward Jake Cassidy has joined Pitching In NPL East Division side Ossett United.

Cassidy has enjoyed a glittering career further up the footballing pyramid, having made over 100 Football League appearances for sides including Tranmere Rovers, Notts County and Oldham Athletic.

The 30-year-old has also represented Wales at both U19s and U21s level.

His arrival caps off a busy few days for the NPL East Division strugglers, with ex-North Ferriby midfielder Tom Claisse also making the move to the Sheepicorns.

Ossett currently sit second-bottom in the league table, with two wins and four defeats from their opening six matches.

"After meeting the gaffer and listening to his vision for the club and the ambition at Ingfield, it was something I wanted to be a part of," Cassidy said.

"I have also spoken to Tom Claisse, who knows the staff and some of the players and spoke highly of everyone involved.

"I had taken some time out of the game, and was unsure if I was going to continue playing, but after the conversations we have had, I am happy to be joining the club.

"I'm looking forward to getting match fit and being a vital part of the club moving forward."

Manager Grant Black said: "Jake needs no introduction, having played at the highest level and lived the dream.

"After learning Jake was possibly returning, I was keen to chat with him but not really thinking we would have a chance with the lucrative offers already on the table from other clubs.

"Luckily when we met, we hit it off straight away and have a lot of the same principles when it comes to football.

"Despite the offers he has had, he has come to us because he likes what we are about.

"He will bring undoubted quality and a goalscoring threat, but also he's hungry to get back enjoying and playing his football so will be determined to succeed."

Both Cassidy and fellow new signing Claisse could make their debut at home to Grimsby Borough on Saturday.

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