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Prolific scoring strikers staying on with Frickley

Jacob Hazel, staying with Frickley.
Jacob Hazel, staying with Frickley.

Frickley Athletic have been given a boost for next season with news that star strikers Jacob Hazel and Gavin Allott are confirmed to be staying with the club.

Planning is already under way for the next campaign with the Westfield Lane outfit revealing the first batch of retained players.

That list includes Saint Kitts and Nevis international Hazel, who enjoyed a record breaking season in 2017-18, scoring 47 goals, and skipper Allott, who reached his century of career goals for the club during the campaign and went on to find the net 28 times.

Terms have also been agreed with 10 more players from last season – Ben Algar, Richard Patterson, Tyler Walton, Sam Liversidge, Nicky Darker, Jack Burton, Sam Race, Aleks Starcenko, Dan Palmer and Liam Carrick.

Others are expected to be announced shortly with negotiations ongoing with several players.

Frickley have also made four new signings to follow on from the capture of 18-year-old goalkeeper Callum Fielding from Worksop Town.

Experienced defender Phil Watt, 30, adds to their ranks having played in the Football League, Conference and Evo-Stik, with Lincoln City, Boston United, Grantham, Coalville, Belper and Lincoln United as his previous clubs.

Another quality signing heading to Frickley is striker James Gray, who joins from York City. The 25-year-old has played 76 games in the Football League with Accrington Stanley and Northampton and represented several clubs in the National League Premier and North divisions, including Wrexham, Southport and Torquay United as well as a short spell in Northern Ireland with Glenavon. He has also represented Northern Ireland at U16, U17, U19 and U21 levels.

A second player to arrive from York City is Danny Rowe, who can play right-back, centre-back or midfield. He started his career with Rotherham United before a loan spell at Stalybridge Celtic and more than 70 games with Wycombe Wanderers in the Football League. A brief spell on loan at National League Barrow was followed by a permanent move to York City last year.

Johnathan Williams, 25, has signed from Gainsborough Trinity. A creative midfielder, he left Scunthorpe United at 18 and went on to play for Buxton and then make 150 appearances for Belper Town, scoring 20 goals in the 2016-17 season before joining Trinity last term.

Frickley, meanwhile, have lost four of their squad from the 2017-18 season.

Cameron Hough has joined Gainsborough Trinity, Tom Dugdale and George Milner have left and the club will not be taking up the option of a second year with keeper Seb Malkowski.

Fearn explained: “When I spoke with Seb in April he informed me that he will need an ACL reconstruction, which will mean that he will unfortunately be out for a lengthy period. We wish him well with his recovery and I know he has been extremely thankful for the support our fans and the club have given at this difficult time.”