“I expect big things from him, as he does himself”
An Ossett Town player will be awarded the NPL Supporters Group Goal of the Season for the 16/17 season as Grant Black has completed the signing for Curtley Martin-Wyatt from Frickley Athletic, the second finalist in the competition along with Martin Pembleton.
A former Garforth Town striker, Martin-Wyatt started last season at Hyde United before returning closer to home to sign for Goole where he really came to the attention of Black, the Town manager saying “I’ve been aware of Curtley for some time, and he really impressed me when when he played against us last season, his is a strong lad and holds the ball up well. I tried to sign him not long after that game, but he followed his former Goole Manager Lee Morris to Frickley Athletic where he scored a hat-trick on his debut”.
“I am delighted to finally get him and we cannot wait to get started, I expect big things from him, as he does himself, I believe he will be a player the Backslappers take to very quickly”.
The 24 year old was aware he was wanted by Ossett Town last season, he says “When the club approached me last year I spoke to Grant I had already given my word to sign elsewhere, he was really understanding and told me if things didn’t work he would be keen to get me on board which I appreciated”.
“I scored a last minute winner for Goole at Ingfield last season which I’m sure the Town fans won’t appreciate me reminding them of, but I remember the atmosphere on the day and loved it, The Backslappers were giving me a bit of stick but I think I had one of my best game of the season. I remember thinking that day that one day I wouldn’t mind Ingfield being my home ground, and now it is”.
Martin-Wyatt continued “Andy Hawksworth is a good friend of mine, we spent a few seasons at Garforth together; he said good things about the place and was keen for me to sign too. He was full of praise for the club, management and of course the fans. Seeing the spirit the side showed last season and just missing out on promotion meant that it was a no brainer for me”.
Martin-Wyatt is keen to help the side build on last season and see another promotion push as well as a cup run too whilst on a personal level he says “I have set myself a target of 20 goals, I am keen to form solid relationships with my team mates and management which will not only benefit myself but the team too”.
The striker is looking forward to impress the Town fans “The Backslappers can expect 110% from me each game. They can expect to see a player who holds the ball up and brings teammates into play. With the right service they can expect to see the ball flying into the back of the net as I am a goalscorer”.
One player who won’t be providing service to the new forward is Jason Yates, as Grant Black has also confirmed his departure. “I’m gutted to see him go but he has been offered a great deal at his new club. He has been fantastic for us since he signed with, with eight goals in 31 games from midfield – including a brace in the play-off semi-final – we will miss him but we wish him well. We will move forward and there will be lads chomping at the bit to take his place”.
Updated 11:10 - 9 Jun 2017 by Neil Spofforth