Joe Holt will be returning to Runcorn Town this season.
The 29-year old midfielder signed for Runcorn in August 2016 and was in the starting lineup for Chris Herbert’s first game in charge at Pontefract Collieries. He made 46 appearances and scored ten goals in that season, and picked up the Player of the Year award in the end-of-season presentations. The following season, he made 39 appearances and scored five goals.
At the start of last season, though, he opted to sign for City of Liverpool and he was instrumental in them winning the NWCFL Premier Division title. He made 49 appearances in total, scoring four goals. However, after just one season at the Purps, he has opted to return to Runcorn and will be looking to join Craig Cairns in becoming champions in successive seasons.
Speaking of his signing, Holt said: “I am delighted to be back and I cannot wait to get going again really. There are a lot of lads still at the club from my first two seasons here, and having being around them during pre-season training so far, it feels like I haven’t left in a way. There is that same buzz around the place.
“It was a very difficult decision to leave City of Liverpool but I had to do what was right for me. After speaking to Macca it was a no-brainer for me to come back here. Its a great club and the supporters and committee make it feel like one big family. Hopefully we will be able to compete at the top of the league once again as well as challenging for the cups.”
Manager Paul McManus added: “Holty is another fantastic player and we missed him in the middle last season. He has great energy and an awful lot of quality on the ball. He will pop up with important goals throughout the season and he is a top, top lad to ave about the place.
“When I spoke to him he jumped at the chance to rejoin the club, which says a lot about him. He has always been a fans’ favourite here and I am sure that they will be delighted that he is back.”