Squad Update: 26th August 2022

Atherton Collieries can confirm the loan signings of Finlay Lockett and Arran Pettifer from Bolton Wanderers, alongside the free-transfer of Scottish youth international Evan Cunningham from Blackburn Rovers. Finlay Lockett (center of photo) has been a star forward for the Bolton Wanderers Academy over recent years, and notably became the second-youngest player to ever represent the Whites, when a young Wanderers team faced Coventry City in August 2019, prompting Premier League interest. 19-year old Finlay has made 3 Football League appearances for Bolton, alongside 2 cup outings. Arran Pettifer (left of photo) is an energetic midfielder who also joins from the Wanderers academy set-up. Arran has made two appearances for the Whites in the EFL Trophy, playing against Fleetwood Town and a young Liverpool side, before signing his first professional terms with the club this summer upon completion of a two-year scholarship. Both players join on short-term loan agreements. Center-forward Evan Cunningham (right of photo) joins the Collieries on a free-transfer from Blackburn Rovers. The 18-year old striker scored four goals with one assist in last season's u18 Premier League, and has recently represented Scotland at u17 level. Meanwhile, the Black & Whites can announce the departure of striker Declan Daniels, who has agreed terms with an Northern Premier League Division 1 club. Dec has been a popular member of our squad, and we would like to wish him the best of luck with his new club and thank him for his efforts at the Skuna Stadium. Photo Credits: Dave Howarth (left), Andrew Kearns (center) & Craig Galloway (right)

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