Atherton Collieries have signed 25-year-old striker Tom Bentham, on his return from Australia.

Bentham started his career at Maine Road where his goal scoring record earned him a move to Nantwich Town. He then moved to Hyde United in the Conference North, scoring 15 goals in 34 appearances, including a quick-fire double against Chorley.

“This is a massive signing for the club” manager Michael Clegg stated enthusiastically. “I’ve always had a good relationship with Tom and kept in touch. Him and Luke Giverin are best mates so they were a duo I have always wanted at the club. When Tom was at Hyde United a few years back he had interest from a Football League club and he has real ability. He is a big strong lad, eye for goal and makes the forward line really impressive.”

Reflecting upon the squad frontline that he has assembled, Clegg added:

“There will be a real fight on peoples’ hands this pre-season to stake their claim. The forward lads we have now are a very strong group and all very different players.”


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