Brady lures back former favourites

Brackley Town manager Jon Brady has lured some old favourites back to St James Park
Brackley Town manager Jon Brady has lured some old favourites back to St James Park

Brackley Town manager Jon Brady is turning back the clock at St James Park with three popular former players returning to the Conference North club.

Steve Diggin is returning to Saints from Hednesford Town, along with Glenn Walker, while Tom Winters is rejoining from Oxford City.

We had to cut our cloth accordingly last season, I never wanted those players to leave but as a club we always need to do things sensibly

Saints boss Jon Brady

The re-signing of Diggin will be popular with fans after the striker played a key role in the club’s promotion to the Conference North. The 27-year-old spent two more seasons at the club before joining Hednesford Town but only scored seven goals for the Staffordshire outfit.

Winters spent eight years with Saints between 2005 and 2013, in which time he helped the club to win two promotions, but the free-scoring winger left in 2013.

However, the 29-year-old is back at St James Park along with four new faces including centre-back Luke Graham, who joins from Alfreton Town.

Saints have also snapped up experienced Hednesford pair keeper Dan Crane, who started his career at West Bromwich Albion, and midfielder Richard Batchelor, while left-back Stephan Morley is set to join from Corby Town.

Curtis McDonald, Eddie Odhiambo, Greg Kaziboni, David Moyo and captain Ryan Austin will all be staying at St James Park but Ryan Rowe is joining Worcester City and defender Stuart Pierpoint is leaving for Stourbridge.

Brady said: “We had to cut our cloth accordingly last season, I never wanted those players to leave but as a club we always need to do things sensibly.

“Now we’re able to move forward and plan ahead, on and off the field, with a more workable budget.

“It’s great to have creative players like Glenn [Walker] and Tom [Winters] coming back. We didn’t score enough goals last season and Steve [Diggin] was top scorer here for two seasons, we missed him.”