Two retained, three signed for Rams

Ramsbottom's new look squad has been bolstered by the return of Nia Bayunu and Zack Hargreaves along with the signing of Nat Taylor, Josh Dunroe and Paul Fildes.

Central defender NIA BAYUNU played 23 times for the Rams last season and Rams joint manager Mark Fell has been impressed with the big man’s application in pre-season, "Nia's been great for us, he's worked very hard to get himself in good condition. He's one of the many leaders we've got in the side and we think he's got a big role to play for us this year".

Youngster ZACK HARGREAVES has come through the ranks and Rammy and is tipped as a star of the future by Paul Fildes. The 17 year old made a handful of appearances last season, mainly from the bench and he will continue his development in the 1st team squad, "Zack is a great little footballer, his attitude is excellent and he's one we want to nurture into a star at the club."

On the new signings front, NAT TAYLOR has penned a deal following a successful trial at the club. Taylor, who can be used anywhere across the midfield, played in the football league as a teenager for Accrington Stanley and was latterly a key part in Nelson's NWCFL championship winning team, before he suffered a double leg break that season and spent 18 months battling back to fitness and form.

With his injuries behind him Taylor is excited about the prospect of teaming up with two managers he's played for in the past "I've worked with Mark Fell since I played for England Colleges as part of the Academy at Accross college, he took me to Nelson after my pro contract ended. I continued at Nelson as part of my rehab from my broken leg under Paul and felt I was getting back to my best. When they called me to come down to Rammy I jumped at the chance, it's an amazing club and I can't wait to pull on the shirt and give my all for the supporters."

PAUL FILDES, whilst originally deciding to quit playing after an illustrious career in non-level, where he scored goals for fun, has also signed playing forms for the Rams, joining up with his fellow joint-manager mark Fell, who signed forms last week.

Another newcomer is JOSH DUNROE. The 23 year old student played with No 2 on his back at New Mills and impressed the watching Rams supporters. Without a great deal of past history, joint-manager Paul Fildes reckons we could have found an unknown gem in Josh and was quick to sign him up.