Frickley boss Rose happy with new arrivals

Phil Oniama is one of four new arrivals at Frickley Athletic.
Phil Oniama is one of four new arrivals at Frickley Athletic.

Frickley Athletic boss Karl Rose says he is “delighted” after four new players joined the EvoStik Northern Premier League team this week.

North Ferriby duo Mark Gray and Steve Gardner both left the league champions to join Frickley, while the Blues also snapped up Ossett Albion’s Joe Fox and Garforth’s Phil Oniama on non-contract deals.

Rose is pleased with the signings, which he feels will give his squad a different dimension ahead of the start of the new season.

He said: “The two lads from North Ferriby won the league last year, so their quality is not in doubt and they will be bringing experience and a winning mentality.

“They were both offered deals with North Ferriby but turned them down to join us at Frickley.”

Gardner, Gray and Oniama all turned out for Frickley in the friendly defeat to Doncaster Rovers last week, while Fox could appear in next week’s clash with Scunthorpe.

Rose said:“Joe is a quality ball-playing midfielder and a bit different to what we have at the club.

“He has confidence on the ball and can play in a number of positions.

“Phil gives us a different option in midfield, and I see him as a rough diamond we can work on and really improve.”

The club also announced last week that top scorer Gavin Allott had signed a contract to stay at Westfield Lane until the end of the upcoming season.

Allott joins Jimmy Ghaichem and Matty Bloor as a contracted Frickley player.

Rose said: “Gav was in the Team of the Year and scored thirty-odd goals, which shows his quality.

“He turned down numerous Conference clubs, which shows how he sees the club and where we are going.

“We’ve got a young squad who want to improve and it’s important that players like Gavin are there to set a good example.

“It was vital that we kept him.”