29 Jul 2020 by John Edwards

Dan Connor's National League North round-up

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Dan Connor rounds up all the news from the Vanarama National League North.

It has been yet another week packed full of action throughout the Vanarama National League North as teams across the league continue to shape up their squads for the coming season.

York City are one of two clubs to have released their retained list following the conclusion of their 2019/20 National League North campaign. Three players are currently under contract whilst eight players have been offered new terms and are in discussions with the club. 

Pete Jameson, Paddy McLaughlin and Ryan Whitley are the three squad members who remain under contract with David Ferguson, Kieran Green, Reiss Harrison, Charlie Jebson-King, Alex Kempster, Josh King, Sean Newton and Harry Spratt the players who are set to discuss terms with the club. 

That leaves 13 players who have not been offered a new contract, namely vastly-experienced centre-back Steve McNulty, who skippered the side in Saturday's 2-0 play-off semi-final defeat to Altrincham at Bootham Crescent, Tom Allan, Andy Bond, Jordan Burrow, Nathan Dyer, Kallum Griffiths, Joe Tait, Macaulay Langstaff, Dan Maguire, Adriano Moke, Jake Watson, Jake Wright and Wes York.

Chester are the second club to have released an initial squad update following the conclusion of their National League North season. 

The seven players are already under contract for 2020/21 season are Brad Jackson, George Glendon, Joel Taylor, John Johnston, Kevin Roberts, Lloyd Marsh-Hughes and Will Goodwin.

Akwasi Asante, Cain Noble, Elton Ngwatala, George Macready, Harry Molyneux, Iwan Murray, James Cottrell, Matthew Thomson, Russ Griffiths and Theo Roberts have all departed from The Seals.

League champions King's Lynn Town have announced the signing of young defender Tai Fleming. The 18-year-old former Norwich City Academy player joins the Linnets after leaving Yeovil Town in May this year.

It has been an exciting week for Lynn fans, with the club also announcing that leading scorer Adam Marriott has agreed terms for another season. Marriott signed from Boston United in October 2018 and has rapidly become a fans' favourite after topping their scoring chart for the past two seasons.

Guiseley have announced the signing of defender Dan Cowan from Stockport County. The 24-year-old had nothing but praise for his new manager, Russ O'Neill, saying: 'Russ impressed me as he gave me confidence as he outlined the role I would play for Guiseley and the clear plans he has for the team going forward.

'A few players who are close to me such as Ash Palmer and Andy Halls also told me what a good club Guiseley is. It seems a good club to be at.'

The Lions captain Hamza Bencherif has also signed a new contract and will lead the re-vamped side on the pitch for yet another season.

Alfreton Town have welcomed back a familiar face with the signing of midfielder Dan Bradley, the first new arrival ahead of the 2020/21 season. The 29-year-old played for the Reds for four seasons from the 2011/12 campaign, before enjoying successful spells at AFC Fylde and Kidderminster Harriers.

The Reds have also announced the signings of defenders Dwayne Wiley, most recently at Matlock Town, and Dom Smith, both penning deals that will keep them at the Impact Arena until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Paul Holleran has been busy yet again this week, tying down two of his Leamington first team players for the new season. Defender John Martin and midfielder Junior English have both put pen to paper, committing to the club until the conclusion of the 2020/21 season.

And, finally, Kettering Town have signed a plethora of new players as their squad shapes up to have a drastic new look. Lorne Bickley, a highly-rated young striker, Ryan Fryatt, an experienced central defender, Adam Collin, a vastly-experienced veteran goalkeeper, Ryan Holland, a towering 6’4” defender, Dan Holman, a former Poppies striker, Josh Oyinsan, a pacey forward, and young goalkeeper Shaun Rowley have all joined.

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