Buxton Football Club’s longest-serving loan player, Marc Roberts, has this week signed a permanent deal with the Silverlands club.
The 22-year-old becomes Martin McIntosh’s first summer signing, following the expiry of his two-year agreement at Worksop Town, although the Bucks must still pay the Tigers compensation due to the player’s age.
Roberts originally joined Worksop from Wakefield FC in the summer of 2011 when McIntosh was manager at Sandy Lane, and when the latter took charge at the Silverlands the following February, one of his first moves was to bring in the centre-half on loan.
Roberts’ influence was credited as being one of the key factors in the Bucks’ successful struggle to avoid relegation, and as a result he was signed on loan for the whole of last season.
In becoming the longest-serving loan player in Buxton’s history, Roberts scored five goals in 61 (4) appearances.
In contrast, Buxton FC’s long-serving midfielder Michael Towey has left to sign for Evo-Stik Premier Division rivals Grantham Town.
In a Silverlands career stretching back to November 2005, he scored 60 goals in 325 (34) appearances and was a regular in the back-to-back promotion seasons of 2005/06 and 2006/07.
He had been signed by manager of the time, Nicky Law, from the Sheffield-based junior club Sportsman Roy Hancock.
A Buxton FC spokesman said this week: “Michael had a fine carer at Buxton and developed as a goal-scoring midfielder as we moved up through the divisions.
“He has always been a top-class ambassador for the club and we wish him well for the future, thanking him for the contribution he has made.”