Leek Town manager Neil Baker has lined-up an international defender as he continues to build his squad ahead of the new season.

The Blues boss has agreed terms with former Hednesford Town defender Michael Williams.
Williams is no stranger to Baker, having seen him with his own eyes playing for Hednesford while scouting at Keys Park for Crewe Alexandra. Baker told the Sentinel:

“I was at Hednesford watching a particular player, but I remember seeing Williams play and I think he will do a good job for Leek Town. His manager certainly spoke very highly of him, not just as a player but as a person too and that’s important when bringing new faces into a club.”

The 28-year old has made four international appearances for Montserrat as well as playing for Chasetown, Hinckley United, Stafford Rangers and Rugby Town in the past.

Baker confirmed he expects more signings in the near future, but he’s pleased with the progress so far.
“These things can take time, but I’m happy with how we are progressing at the moment.”

The Blues boss was able to announce last week that goalkeeper Ben Chapman had agreed a new one-year contract, with the option of a second year.

The manager has also agreed terms with midfielder Marc Grocott, who was at Kidsgrove Athletic last season, although the player has not yet actually signed for the club as yet.

Baker explained to the Sentinel: “I have spoken to Marc on a number of occasions and he wants to come to Leek, but nothing is down on paper at the moment, but I don’t expect any complications.”

Baker believes he will strengthen the midfield, but admits there are still areas of his game where he can improve.

“Marc will be a really good signing for us. He’s an excellent central midfield player, but I believe he can offer a lot more going forward and he agrees with me,” added the manager who is keen to see a better goal return from the midfielder.

“Marc admits himself he needs to be on the scoresheet more than he has been, so that’s something we can work on.”

With goalkeeper Ben Chapman, leading scorer Tim Grice and central defender Darren Chadwick having committed their futures to the club, Baker has the foundations on which to build.

“Tim and Darren are two big players for Leek Town, as is Ben and I’m happy he agreed to sign the new deal we put in front of him.

“He’s a good goalkeeper and very popular with the fans. It was good to get that signing over the line.”

Baker’s new-look squad return for pre-season training on Thursday June 29 and like all clubs, the Blues will be able to sign non-contract players on Evo-Stik League forms from July 1.

Source: Leek Town

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