Elliot Newby has become Chorley’s fifth summer signing, moving across from Vanarama National League North rivals AFC Telford United for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who’ll likely make his debut at Euxton Villa next Monday, links up with twin brother Alex after scooping player-of-the-year honours with The Bucks last season.
Despite thoroughly enjoying his time with Telford and not actively seeking a move, personal arrangements were such that the Barrow-based man felt playing closer to home would ease the burden of travel, and thus allow him to maintain his form on the field.
“It was very difficult for me to leave Telford as I was really enjoying my time there,” Newby told chorleyfc.com. “But the travelling was difficult, and after talking to Vermo and listening to what was being planned at Chorley, I felt that, combined with the reduced travel, would help my game progress.
“Alex has told me how good a club Chorley is to play for, and it’ll be nice to be playing alongside him again too. It might be a bit weird at first, but I’m sure in time it will be really enjoyable.”
Originally part of the youth setup at Bolton Wanderers, he moved to hometown club Barrow on his release from The Trotters, playing 14 games over two seasons while also spending time on loan at Burscough & Altrincham.
He signed on at New Bucks Head last summer, going on to make nearly 40 appearances, scoring seven times, including against Chorley in April.
“We’re really excited to get this deal over the line,” manager Jamie Vermiglio explained to chorleyfc.com. “There were a lot of clubs interested in Elliot after the excellent season he had at Telford.
“He’ll give us extra creativity and goal threat, and the flexibility to play a number of formations. He can play in a number of different positions and compliments the squad we’ve already got in place.”