Ramsbottom United have announced that they have made the double acquisition of goalkeeper Chris Cheetham and midfielder Sam Freakes.

Cheetham, an ex-Bradford YT was outstanding for Radcliffe Borough last season and also has experience from Ashton United, Nantwich and Atherton.

The 22 year old, 6ft 4 goalkeeper, had been very much in demand in the summer but one visit to the HWRS was enough to make the Wigan based player feel at home,

“I came over to meet Mark and Paul and immediately knew this was where I wanted to play my football. The club’s plans absolutely meet my personal ambitions and the professionalism in how the club operates is superb, I can’t wait to get started”.

Another to check in at the Riverside is 24 year old, combative midfielder, Sam Freakes. Formerly of Salford, Droylsden, Trafford, Abbey Hey and Glossop North End, the Manchester based central midfielder was another that chose Ramsbottom over offers from other clubs, highlighting the club’s vision as a major draw.

Co-manager Mark Fell was pleased to tie up the two players before the start of pre-season.

“We’re delighted to welcome two young, dynamic and hard-working players to the club who have undoubted quality. Chris is a player that comes with a great reputation, knows the league and is hungry for success. With Sam we’ve got a player both me and Paul have seen several times and we’re both very impressed with, he’s a great technical exponent but also I strong lad who’ll give us some bite and box to box workrate in midfield.”

Fellow co-manager Paul Fildes added, “these are two targets we identified quickly and they’ve both been a pleasure to deal with. I’m delighted to be working with them. We’re now focussed on bringing in further signings that are the right players for the club and fit our requirements in terms of players’ ability, mentality, experience and desire.”

Mark Fell and Paul Fildes are expected to announce further signings in the next week

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