Andy Bishop, the new player-manager of Vanarama National League club Southport, has followed up the re-signing of Jamie Allen by appointing Gary Jones as club captain on a new deal for next season, as well as retaining the services of Liam Nolan on a new contract.

Jones is a vastly experienced 38-year-old midfielder who signed for the club in the southportsummer of 2015 and made 43 appearances in 2015/16, scoring 5 goals.

Formerly with Caernarfon Town, Swansea City, Notts County and Barnsley, it was with Rochdale where he became a legendary figure, totalling almost 500 games.

Bishop said: “It was important to sign Gary, his experience and leadership qualities are outstanding, as I look to build this summer.”

Nolan, 21, started his career with Everton as a youngster and then joined Crewe Alexandra, where he made 29 appearances.

A Northern Irealand under-21 international, he joined Port in August 2015 and played in 42 games, netting a couple of goals.


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