Frickley Athletic have received a boost for next season with news that their prolific scoring striker Jacob Hazel has agreed to stay at the club.
Hazel, who has scored 98 career goals for the Blues and has finished as top scorer for the past two seasons, has agreed a one-year deal.
New manager Craig Spink is delighted to be able to call on one of the best players in the Evo-Stik League’s East Division.
He said: “Jacob is not only one of the most prolific goal scorers in the league, but our club captain with loads of experience.
“Having worked with Haze before I know how much he loves the club and the desire he has to be the best. It’s a very important signing for us.
“He is just two short of scoring 100 goals for the club, which is unbelievable and he now has chance to achieve this.”
Frickley, meanwhile, have finished for the season having decided to withdraw from the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup after reaching the final.
The date for the final was scheduled for May 23, but as this was 26 days after the Blues’ last league game they have decided to pull out.
A club statement read: "Frickley Athletic has a proud history in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup and it is a competition we are proud to compete in. In fact, we are joint record winners of the competition.
"However, for several seasons the final has (despite continued complaints from clubs including ourselves) been arranged for well after the end of the season with this year’s final continuing that trend, being dated for May the 23rd - twenty-six days after our last league game.
"Blues fans will remember that we reached the semi-final in the 2017/18 season and lost in the semi-final that was played remarkably after our playoff defeat to Stamford.
"The club sought (and were given verbal assurances) at the end of last season that the competition’s final date would be normalised to mirror every single other County FA and be played by the end of the first week of May, at the very latest. This, despite earlier rounds being completed in plenty of time, has not happened.
"Despite meetings, emails and conversations arguing our point for why the final date is wholly inappropriate and damaging for our football club none of these have been taken on board by the County FA Cups Committee who are insistent that despite additional concern detailed to them from governing bodies including our league, its decision remains.
"The club has now been put in a situation where it has no choice (but now also a responsibility) to resign from the reminder of this year’s competition and therefore will not be participating in the final.
"The club board wants to reassure our supporters that this decision has not been taken likely. Instead, during the process it has become apparent that a club needs to stand up for the good of all clubs in our area and through its sacrifice of missing out on a chance of a trophy hopefully force a sensible change to the competition moving forward.
"We also want to make our feelings known to North Gawber Colliery who are of course also losing out on the opportunity to play in the final. We are extremely sorry for your club as well that situation has unfolded as it has.
"Finally, to our supporters; our town of South Elmsall has a long history of standing up for itself and not being afraid to be resolute on the matters of sensibility and principles – those values remain at our club."