Date: 13th May 2014 at 8:50pm
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Chairman Paul Baker has said that he’s delighted to have shook hands on a deal with Steve Elliott to become our new player/coach.

The deal is yet to be signed, but everything has been agreed already with the 35 year old for a 12 month deal that will see him remain involved with the first team as a player, but also start playing a part in training with our younger lads.

Speaking to the Official Site Baker admitted this was slightly new ground as we’ve never had a deal like this in his time with us, but he feels it’s an exciting time for the club nontheless.

‘We shook hands on a deal yesterday so, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a done deal and Steve will be a player/coach next season. I think it’s the first time we have ever had a player/coach so we’re treading new territory but Steve is really excited for the opportunity because he’s looking to pursue his career in football and getting into coaching.’

Baker goes on to say that he likes to promote from within and keep people around the club with good knowledge and experience, so as soon as this idea was raised it seemed to make perfect sense on all levels really.

With Neil Howarth moving on, it is really all change in our backroom department and the Chairman also confirmed that there were already plans to appoint a new first team coach as well and budget had been made available for that.

‘There is budget put by for a first team coach. I think we are interviewing three candidates this week but obviously we don’t know whether any of those will be successful or whether they’ll want to come but we would hope to make an announcement sooner rather than later because we want to put these things to bed so Mark can work his his team with a view to recruitment for next season and it will be a big close season for Mark.’