Brighouse add two to their ranks
BRIGHOUSE Town boss Mark Brier has wasted little time in improving his squad, with the addition of some new blood at St Giles Road.
Brier has swooped to land 27-year-old midfielder or defender Andy Markham from NCEL Premier League side Winterton Rangers, who finished fifth last season, as well as clinching the signature of Kieran Corley, a promising young striker from Liversedge who represents the county at under 18 level.
Markham spent a short time as a youngster at Huddersfield and then at Halifax Town, where Brier first worked with him.
He secured a YTS placement at Boston United, progressing to playing regularly in the reserves and made his first team debut in November 2000.
Markham then had a spell with Farsley Celtic before joining Liversedge, where he spent four seasons, playing a key role in their fantastic six game winning FA Cup run, where he headed the winning goal against Harrogate Town to take them into the fourth qualifying round.
Although he did have a frustrating couple of seasons, hampered by a serious knee injury, he has in the last 12 months recovered his fitness, earning spells at Harrogate Railway and Mossley in the Unibond League but then more recently at Winterton.
"I've known Andy since we were both at Halifax Town and he's a classy player that will always do a good job for the team," said Brier.
"His attitude is second to none, he's committed in both training and matches and is a great example to others.
"Andy had a couple of offers from higher level clubs, but after a chat with myself and the chairman, I know he was impressed with where we are trying to take the club on and off the field and I'm absolutely delighted he's agreed to join us."
Corley is a young but strong forward who has scored regularly at both under 19 and first team level for Liversedge in the NCEL Premier League.
A county representative, playing alongside Town's Sam Talbot last season, Corley was on a contract at Liversedge but has opted to link up once again with Brier, Mark Brady and Markham.
"Kieran has natural raw talent and an eye for goal," added Brier. "He will add value to the team and also learn a lot from the other good players we have at our club.
"He causes problems for defences at this level with his strength and shooting. He's only 17 but has enough experience now, so he is ready to work hard with us to help move the club forward."
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Last Updated: 30 May 2009 8:02 AM
Source: Evening Courier