Ash Palmer praises Buxton FC management after signing for North Ferriby

Ash Palmer.
Ash Palmer.

Ash Palmer has heaped praise on Martin McIntosh and Tim Ryan after departing the Bucks for pastures new.

Palmer last week penned a deal at National League North side North Ferriby United, bringing an end to his two-year spell at the Silverlands.

Martin McIntosh and Tim Ryan made a big impression on Ash Palmer.

Martin McIntosh and Tim Ryan made a big impression on Ash Palmer.

After reflecting on his time at Buxton, the 22-year-old was quick to highlight the contribution made by the managerial duo of McIntosh and Ryan.

He told the Advertiser: “The gaffer and Tim helped me massively during my time there.

“I think it helped with my progression that the two of them were experienced Football League defenders.

“They’ve both been there and done it so you can only learn from them.

“When I said I was leaving, the manager told me to just keep doing what I’m doing.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here and I’ve certainly matured a hell of a lot.

“When I came here I’d come out of league football with Scunthorpe but the club’s helped me massively and rejuvenated me.

“Last season was slightly disappointing to finish tenth, especially after the start we made.

“But the club helped me get experience and get back on track.”

Despite having warm memories of his time at Buxton, Palmer is ready for a fresh challenge at FA Trophy holders North Ferriby.

He added: “I had a couple of offers from clubs at that level but North Ferriby was the one that appealed.

“They won the FA Trophy last year so there’ll be expectation I’m sure and I’m looking forward to playing at a higher level.

“I don’t know any of the players there so I’m going into a fresh challenge.”

In terms of the side that he has left behind, Palmer says McIntosh has the base of a good squad that he hopes will improve on last term’s 10th-placed finish in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

He added: “Liam Hardy re-signing is a great move.

“If a few others follow him, then they’ll have a good spine to them.

“That league is going to be very tough next year, with the new teams that are coming in, but if they can add a few good signings then they should do okay.”