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Warrington Town make first summer signing


WARRINGTON Town have made their first signing of the summer, bringing in former Shrewsbury Town centre-back Callum Grogan from Radcliffe.

Grogan, 22, has made more than 120 appearances for Boro in the past three seasons, where he has played under former Premier League duo Jon Macken and Frank Sinclair.

Yellows manager Paul Carden said: “We were first made aware of Callum when he was at Shrewsbury and looking for game time, but at the time, we didn’t need anyone in the positions he can play. He’s a name I’ve remembered and he’s done well at Radcliffe for the past few seasons and last season had an offer from a National League side.

“The pandemic has thrown everyone up in the air and he made us aware that he fancied coming and so we spoke to Radcliffe to see what the situation was and if he was available, so once I had cleared that up with Fowls (Radcliffe manager Lee Fowler), I spoke to Callum and it materialised from there.

“He’s comfortable on the ball, quite athletic, strong in the air and he’s vocal, which is a good thing for a young player. We know he’s versatile but his primary position is centre back and that’s where we see him.

“I’ve made no secret that I want players to use me and the club to push on and get to the level where they should be playing at. Just because they should be or they have the ability to play at a higher level, doesn’t mean they’ve got a God given right to play there, they have to show it.

“He knows I’ll be pushing him, I won’t be dragging him it’s a two-way thing, but he’s a good lad, with a good attitude and I see no reason with a bit of luck why he can’t climb the leagues, whether it’s with us or he goes before we do, he’s got a chance.”

Meanwhile, the club has confirmed that experienced centre-back David Raven will return for pre-season training, before making a decision whether to play on for the 2020/21 season.

Raven takes last season’s confirmed returnees up to 11, following the announcement earlier this month that Josh Amis, Jordan Buckley, Adam Carden, Bohan Dixon, Mitch Duggan, Jack Dunn, Jack Mackreth, Matthew Regan, Mark Roberts and Tom Warren would be remaining with the Yellows.

There remains no news on when next season might start, with a return behind closed doors a non-starter for non-league clubs.


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