Despite this campaign still not being over, Atherton Collieries Football Club have once again been proactive in preparing for next season. As has become the case over the last few years, the club are keen to demonstrate that they are ready to build and push on once again from the summer.
A strong mid table finish is on the cards for Michael Clegg’s side in only their first season at this level. It has been a fantastic achievement.
The feel good factor looks set to continue as centre half Danny Lafferty has agreed a new one year contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2019. He has played 91 matches for the club to date and is sure to break the 100 mark imminently.
Speaking on securing the services of Lafferty for a further season, Michael Clegg said, “I think since Lafferty arrived back at Colls he has been an unsung hero.”
“He rarely gets the headlines. He doesn’t miss games. He doesnt get booked and he doesnt get dirty!” explained the manager.
Having previously been captain at Radcliffe Borough before choosing to drop down a level to join Colls, Lafferty is no stranger to being a leader on the field. On this, Clegg stated, “He is a leader in this group and all the lads love him. I think he has become a real favourite with players and fans and from day one he has been a fantastic signing.”
“He is gaining in confidence all the time and people can see what a good footballer he is becoming. I’m made up he has committed to our project for another year.”
“I’ve said it before but he fits into exactly what we set out to do at this club. He is a local lad and has years in front of him. It’s a massive signing for us.”