Non-League Notebook: Southport, Runcorn Linnets and Prescot Cables eyeing additions as Skelmersdale United’s managerial hunt steps up

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There is movement at Prescot Cables while Runcorn Linnets change their approach as Southport continue to shop around. Off The Park’s non-league notebook brings you insight into the behind-the-scenes at football clubs around Merseyside.

Southport FC

Work continues to bolster the squad ahead of the beginning of pre-season. Already Freddie Sass and Matty Thomson have penned terms with Southport.

Negotiations continue for their targets with one arrival in the pipeline set to be announced in the coming weeks, despite Marcus Carver being circulated by Scunthorpe United as it stands, Off The Park understands he is not the player set to become a Southport player.

As it stands, no further departures are expected following Charlie Munro – who is attracting offers in the Northern Premier League – and Dylan Vassallo.

Their pre-season schedule is confirmed but dates and opponents remain undisclosed permitting planned release with the respective clubs.

Figures at the Sandgrounders are pleased with the capture of analyst Andy Burgess. As part of their partnership with the Big Help Project, the former striker adds a wealth of experience and nous for higher up the pyramid aligning with the club’s ambitions going forward.

Warrington Town

The focus at Cantilever Park remains to tie down the heroes that lead Warrington Town to the National League North.

Off The Park understands negotiations are going well with securing the services of the playoff winners for the upcoming campaign.

Warrington Rylands

At Gorsey Lane, the atmosphere is relaxed with happiness behind the scenes at the business they have done so far. In recent weeks, Warrington Rylands have confirmed Mo Touray and James Neild will continue in the ranks of Michael Clegg’s side.

Meanwhile, they have bolstered their squad with the additions of Clive Smith and Ben Hardcastle. Off The Park understands there are a couple of additions to be finalised this week with another signing in the offing.


Bootle enjoyed a busy Wednesday night welcoming four new additions in the form of Johnny Hunt, Billy Reeves for an undisclosed fee, Mason Fawns and Andy Hollins as well as Jacques Welsh whose servi es were retained.

The four new arrivals will join up alongside Craig Carney, who was announced earlier in the week and the likes of Ben Hodkinson and Andy Scarisbrick who returned to Vesty Road. There are still some positions to acquire ahead of the start of pre-season next month.

Off The Park understands there is still at least one signing to be announced this week with more news on retentions for the upcoming season

Prescot Cables

James Barrigan became the third signing of the summer for Prescot Cables after James McCarten and Ste Milne penned terms with the Pesky Bulls. It’s understood that talks ongoing with a number of targets.

Friendlies are done and set to be announced in the coming days. Meanwhile, the Bulls plan to mirror their ‘Footy for a Fiver’ scheme which ran during last season’s preparations.

Off The Park understands Cables’ new home kit will be launched this week.

Runcorn Linnets

Last weekend, Runcorn Linnets confirmed the spine of their side had agreed to remain at the APEC Taxis Stadium. Goalkeeper Danny Taberner was joined by Sean O’Mahony, Dapo Olarewaju, Eden Gumbs, Jamie Rainford, Lewis Doyle, captain James Short and talisman Ryan Brooke.

This acquisition of their key players is deemed a massive boost behind the scenes at Linnets. However, it’s believed that the work is only just beginning.

Off The Park is told that the next couple of weeks will be busy as they look to strengthen the squad. It has now been reiterated that the concentration, after securing last season’s key players, will be bringing in new players.

Skelmersdale United

It’s been a week since the surprising news that Richard Brodie had left his role. Off The Park understands that Skelmersdale United have received a large number of candidates for the role as chairman Gordon Johnson begins compiling a shortlist ahead of the interview stage.

Interviews are set to be underway by the end of the week, in a statement last week it was suggested that they would like to have made an appointment within 14 days.

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