24-year-old central defender Ryan Astles has joined Southport FC as the club’s second summer signing.

The towering 6″4 centre-half spent his junior years at Tranmere Rovers and Chester City before joining Wigan Athletic on a scholarship as a 16-year-old in 2010. In his second year, Astles became captain of the Wigan Athletic U18 side and made several appearances for the reserve side.

Astles then moved into Welsh football, joining Buckley Town and then Rhyl, where he won Manager’s Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year. Following a stint at Northwich Victoria, Astles joined Chester in January 2016, and has since made over 100 appearances for the Blues. He made 41 National League appearances for Chester in 2017/18.

Astles has signed a two year contract with the club and joins on a free transfer.

On joining Southport FC, Astles said: “I spoke with the Board. The amibition of the Club really drew me in. Seeing all the plans and what the Club want to achieve, that was one of the main things. I’m really happy to be joining the Club.”

On his aims for the season, he said: “Everyone here wants to be pushing for promotion. That’s the main aim. I’ll make sure I give 100% to that, getting the club back to where it wants to be. Personally for me, the aim has to be clean sheets, but we all want that promotion.”

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