17 Jun 2020 by John Edwards

Dan Connor's Vanarama National League North round-up

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Yet another week has passed, which can only mean one thing in the Vanarama National League North at this time. That's right, player comings and goings, and there has been a continued array of deals throughout the league, a boatload of contract extensions as well as one managerial appointment.

Farsley Celtic announced a quartet of new contract agreements during the week. Jack Higgins, Adam Clayton, Jordan Richards and Will Hayhurst have all committed their futures at The Citadel for a further year.

Spennymoor Town made their third acquisition of the summer thus far, securing the services of former Chorley left-back Adam Blakeman.

Over at the New Bucks Head, Telford United have announced the signing of midfielder Jack Byrne and goalkeeper Russ Griffiths. Byrne spent last season at Nuneaton Borough, on his return to the game after a gruelling 18 months on the sidelines, following an anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered whilst at Brackley Town.

Griffiths, who made a brief introduction to Bucks fans last season, has joined the club on a permanent basis ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Academy graduate Will Goodwin has signed his first senior contract for Chester. The 18-year-old has penned a one-year deal, with the option for a further 12-month extension in favour of the club.

Hereford have confirmed that Josh Gowling and Steve Burr will continue their first-team managerial roles at the club for the 2020/21 season. A statement on the club's website from chairman Andrew Graham read: 'We are delighted to be able to take the first steps towards the resumption of football with the commitment of Josh and Steve for the coming season.

'It has been a long wait for everyone and we share the frustration of the fans over the uncertainty of the past three months. Now we have a target of a potential return to action in September, we can start building towards that.'

Defender Connor Gudger has informed Leamington manager Paul Holleran of his intention to leave the club for a new challenge. The left-back joined Brakes from Worcester City early in 2015 and made 194 appearances, scoring three goals.

It has been a very busy start to the week for Curzon Ashton. The club announced their first signing of the summer, bringing in former Alfreton Town midfielder Dale Whitham. Whitham became Mark Bradshaw's first acquisition; however, it also turned out to be his last.

Shortly after, Curzon announced that they had released Bradshaw from his position as first-team manager, though he will remain at the club at his primary role as football development manager.

A day later, the club confirmed the acquisition of Steve Cunningham as their new first-team manager, along with his assistant, Damien Crossley. Speaking to the club, Cunningham said: 'This is the toughest job in the National League North but I could not turn down the opportunity to manage this great, family club. Damien and I are really looking forward to catching up with the players, staff, volunteers and the club’s supporters and getting stuck straight in.'

Gloucester City announced the contract extension of Fabien Robert until the summer of 2022. Robert will also be taking up an assistant-manager/coaching role within the club's under-18s team, working alongside under-18s manager Craig Robinson.

And, finally, on the signings front, Brad Dockerty has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal with Bradford (Park Avenue) with an option for a second year.

Elsewhere in the league, Blyth Spartans have taken the decision to discontinue their reserve team next season and have resigned their membership of the Northern Alliance Football League. A statement on the club's website read: 'The potential benefits need to be offset against the cost of running the team and in the current financial climate, the costs did not justify the return on the investment.'

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