Buxton FC chairman Hopkins happy with early transfer business

Buxton FC chairman David Hopkins and manager Martin McIntosh, fresh from signing an extended contract.
Buxton FC chairman David Hopkins and manager Martin McIntosh, fresh from signing an extended contract.

Buxton chairman Dave Hopkins has praised the recruitment work of manager Martin McIntosh during the early stages of the summer.

Bucks’ chief McIntosh has persuaded two of last season’s key players, Liam Hardy and Jamie Green, to re-commit to the Silverlands.

Ash Worsfold became the Bucks' first new signing of the summer.

Ash Worsfold became the Bucks' first new signing of the summer.

He has also brought in striker Ash Worsfold from Harrogate Town as he continues to shape his roster for the 2015/16 campaign.

Hopkins told the Advertiser: “A lot of people were interested in Liam and rightly so because goals attract everyone’s attention.

“He’s a great lad and a great player.

“He was right at the top of Martin’s shopping list so we made sure we got that piece of business done early doors.

“Ash Worsfold has also joined and we’ve got big hopes for Ash.

“He was another at the top of Martin’s shopping list.

“We had a chat and were able to do a deal and as I say, we’ve got big hopes for him and Liam.

“Jamie green has also signed and he’s another good servant and good addition.

“I’m confident that we’re putting together a good squad.”

On the flip-side, there have been members of McIntosh’s squad who have inevitably moved on including star defender Ash Palmer and long-serving utility man Neil Stevens.

Hopkins added: “Ash Palmer has moved on but we probably expected that to happen to be honest.

“We wish him well because he’s a great lad and he just wanted the chance to try it at a higher level.

“He was a great player, a good lad and doesn’t owe the club anything at all.

“Him moving up the leagues can only reflect well on the club.

“Hopefully it will make players think that Buxton isn’t a bad place to go and that it could be a new chapter and the start of something good.

“Neil’s gone but he’s been a fantastic servant for this club.

“In the winter when the pitches got heavier he was your man because he always gave everything.”

Meanwhile, the Bucks have tweaked their pre-season schedule slightly.

They will host League One side Chesterfield, on Friday, July 10 while FC United of Manchester will be visiting the Silverlands on Saturday, July 18 - 24 hours before the Liverpool Legends clash.