AFC Fylde have signed goalkeeper James Montgomery and utility player James Craigen.

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The duo become the Coasters’ 8th and 9th signings of the summer, following on from most business conducted back in May. In the midst of the UK heatwave, the lads took to the beach in Lytham – after the idea of using the iconic windmill was pitched by a supporter.

Montgomery, 25, joins the Coasters from Forest Green Rovers, who he joined last summer from Gateshead.

Coasters boss Dave Challinor said: “He’s been one on our list for three years really, but once someone moves up into the Football League, you know it will be tough to pull it off. Ultimately we needed to replace one very good keeper with another very good keeper – and we’ve done that.”

Craigen, 28, joins Fylde following his departure from Dunfermline – where he made 48 appearances in his time at the club.

“James is one who has been off the radar a little bit up in Scotland, but being from Preston originally, he wanted to get back down here,” said Challinor,

“His big thing for us is his versatallity,” he continues. “Although he can play as a holding midfielder, he played as a full-back last year, and that gives us great options.”


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