Ramsbottom United’s players returned for pre-season training on Saturday 30th June, and spent an exhaustive five hours ahead of the up-coming season in the newly constituted Evo-Stik West League, the fourth tier of non-league football. As well as a number of last season’s players, including Jerome Wright, Greg Daniels, Sam Ashton, Jamie Rother, Ryan Ellison and Tom Brooks, manager Mark Fell began his recruiting for the new campaign with the addition of two new signings, although one of them is well known to the supporters. Fell was delighted to announce the permanent transfer of Luke Jordan from Morecambe FC. The 19 year old, Burnley based winger impressed in a loan spell at the Riverside at the end of last season, making 11 appearances scoring 1 goal. Rams boss Mark Fell, entering his third season with the club, was impressed with the Burnley based youngster during his stay at the Riverside. “Luke undoubtedly has the potential to light up this league, his pace is unreal and his delivery into the box from wide areas is excellent. As with any young player, there are areas we will have to work on but he’s got the capacity to learn. This is a lad who has played Football League games and he’s got every chance of working his way back up the pyramid. He needs to be playing men’s football week in week out and we’re a good platform for him to do that whilst still in a really professional environment” Ramsbottom United have also added their first new face of the summer with the signing of defender Rob Henry from Lancaster City. The 29 year old, Preston based full back is an experienced Evo-Stik defender with experience of winning the 1st division with Lancaster in 2016/17. The former Kendal, Bamber Bridge, Leek and Chorley player started his career in the academy at Burnley and works as a teacher and coach at Myerscough College and Preston North End. “I worked with Rob a lot when we were at Preston together” said Manager Mark Fell. “He’s experienced, knows the division inside out and what it takes to do well in it. Last season we were naive at times and I wanted to bring in a few players who could have an influence over the younger lads and Instil that winning mentality. The fact we took points off 5 of the top 7 yet lost away from home at the bottom 6 speaks volumes and I’ve got to put things in place to prevent that.” Jordan and Luke trained with the squad on Saturday as they returned from their summer break, along with several other new faces, and more announcements are due on Monday. A number of Rams players from last season are away on their holidays, but should be joining up with the squad over the next few days, as pre-season training kicks in ahead of the first pre-season friendly against former Rams’ bosses Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson’s new charges, Chester FC, on Tuesday 10th July with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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