Six pledge futures to Ossett Albion as Muller comes in to assist Tracey

STAYING PUT: Steve Nicholson is one of six players to agree to stay on at Ossett Albion next season

STAYING PUT: Steve Nicholson is one of six players to agree to stay on at Ossett Albion next season

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Ossett Albion have ramped up their preparations for the forthcoming campaign by re-signing six key players from last season.

The Dimple Wells club have received a boost after managing to hang on to last season’s players’ player of the year Stefan Holt, despite interest from other clubs.

Adam Rhodes, Henry Owen, Niall O’Brien, Steve Nicholson and Rob Tonks have also pledged their futures to the Evo-Stik Division 1 North club for another year.

Manager Richard Tracey will also assess a number of trialists in training and friendly matches over the coming weeks.

He will be helped by former Albion striker Adam Muller, who has been named as Tracey’s assistant.

The former Guiseley, Worksop Town and Farsley striker had a short spell as a player with Albion last season before moving to Buxton and it will be his first coaching role.

“I am delighted that Adam has returned to the club,” said Tracey. “It was a big blow last season when he joined Buxton.

“He has expressed a wish to become more involved and I had no hesitation offering him the position of assistant manager.

“His wealth of experience can only be of benefit to the club.”

As well as bolstering their first team, Albion are also looking to recruit promising young players for their reserve and under-19 squads.

The reserve team are current champions of the Lancashire League East Division and Albion U19s play in the Northern U19 Alliance.

Anyone interested should contact the club via its website at www.ossettalbion.com or attend training, which is held at Dimple Wells every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm.

The club is holding a clean-up at its Dimple Wells base this Saturday from 9.30am to get the ground ready for the new season. All are welcome to help out.