New Frickley boss makes first signings

New signing Rhys Meynell.
New signing Rhys Meynell.
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New Frickley Athletic boss Lee Morris has wasted no time in reshaping the Blues squad as he looks to lift the club off the bottom of the Evo-Stik Premier League.

After watching his new team in action in the FA Cup last week, Morris took his first training sessions and decided quickly he needed to add to the squad, which was left short for numbers by several departures in the summer.

The Blues manager signed three players before his first game in charge with additions made in defence, midfield and attack.

First to sign up was left sided defender Rhys Meynell, from Morris’s previous club, Goole.

The 28-year-old initially signed for the Blues in pre-season, but left for the Evo-Stik Division One side without playing a league game for Frickley. He has now decided to follow Morris in making the move and will add plenty of experience to the back line, having started his career as a youngster at Barnsley before spending most of his career at National League North level with Stalybridge, Telford, Guiseley and Harrogate.

More recently he has spent the last two seasons at Shaw Lane.

A second signing is midfielder Danny Kabeya, who was previously with Sheffield FC after coming through the Millmoor Juniors ranks and playing for Parkgate.

The third addition is 19-year-old attacker Cameron Rigby, who has arrived from National League North side Gainsborough Trinity. Formerly with Morecambe, the player also had a spell with Maltby on dual registration last year.

A further signing has followed this week with full-back Gary Stohrer arriving from Shaw Lane where he worked with Morris. His previous clubs include Garforth Town and Ossett Town.

But two players have now left, Greg Pearson joining Brighouse and Jake Ellam going to Ossett Town.

Frickley have further added to their ranks with the appointment of James Kay as assistant manager.

Kay is no stranger to the club, having previously had a couple of spells with the Blues, firstly under Peter Rinkavage and later under Karl Rose. He has also played for Maltby Main, Goole AFC and Sheffield FC and was originally a trainee at Sheffield Wednesday.

Kay is also well known to manager Morris as he was his player and assistant manager at Goole.