Ramsbottom United have clinched the signing of highly-rated former Fleetwood Town youth team captain Andrew Smith.

The 18-year-old Bury-based player has been added to the squad by joint-managers Paul Fildes and Mark Fell, and operates at left-back.

Leaving the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, however, is striker Jason Hart – just a week after receiving the club’s Player of the Month award for August.  The club can confirm that he has returned to his previous club, Colne FC.

The club received seven days notice of approach from Colne last week but we understand that this was instigated by the player without communication to the management team.  Despite the player categorically stating to staff he was not leaving the club following the approach, today he confirmed to Paul Fildes that he would be leaving.

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