Ramsbottom United have added their first ‘new’ signing of the summer with the capture of goalkeeper Sam Ashton. The 31 year old, Bolton based stopper arrives following a successful loan spell in 2017/18 where he made 21 appearances from January until the end of the season.
A product of the Bolton Wanderers Academy, Sam famously made his first team debut as a centre forward under the then Bolton manager Sam Allardyce, from being a regular in the Wanderers reserve side, Sam went on to FC United of Manchester where he played 187 games scoring 1 goal! Spells at Skelmersdale and Southport followed before a successful spell with Chorley from 2013. Last season Sam returned from a cruciate ligament injury and came to the Rams on loan as part of his rehabilitation.
The announcement that Sam was not to return to the Magpies came last week and there ensued the rush for his signature with, as expected, several clubs making their interest known, but after sitting down with manager Mark Fell and hearing of the Rams plans for the future, Sam put pen to paper on a deal at the Riverside,
“I really enjoyed my time at Rammy last season, sure it wasn’t all plain sailing results wise but you can see the nucleus of a really good side here and with a bit more consistency and the rub of the green we’ll not be far off next season. I know the club want to progress and I’m coming here to be part of that – I’m looking forward to getting back in with the lads for pre-season and getting started,” said Sam.
Mark Fell added, “Sam is a top class goalkeeper and a great lad who has strong leadership skills, we knew we’d have to wait and see the situation at Chorley and we’re grateful to them for letting Sam come out of loan last season. We’ve two excellent keepers at the club in Sam and Danny Taberner, it’s a position we need to have consistency with that we’ve not had due to injuries so it’s nice to get the backbone of the side sorted early and we can now focus our attention onto new signings”