Craig Cairns is returning to Runcorn Town from City of Liverpool for a second spell.
Cairns signed for Runcorn in August 2016, making his debut at Pontefract Collieries in the FA Cup. He had a stunning first season, setting many club records as he finished as leading goalscorer in the league with 52 goals in just 41 matches.
His second season brought 44 goals from 42 appearances. That makes it 96 goals in just 83 games for Runcorn.
At the start of last season, Cairns moved to City of Liverpool, and helped the Purps win the NWCFL Premier Division title. As usual, he finished the season as leading goalscorer once more. However despite a strong lure to play in the Evo-Stik, family life comes first and with his second daughter born earlier this month, he has opted to stay in the NWCFL.
Speaking of his return, Cairns said: “It was not an easy decision to leave City of Liverpool, a great club with great people and big ambitions, even more so now with stepping up to the Evo-Stik League. However, I need to do what is practical for me and the family and that is remaining local each weekend.
“Having said that though I am absolutely delighted to be back at Runcorn Town. I have already seen the committee members at the club, and being amongst the lads at training I know that choosing Runcorn was the right decision for me and my family.
“Macca has outlined his aims for the season, which is obviously to finish in the top three given the increased promotion spaces. With the lads he has managed to retain and the way he wants to play football this season, there is no reason why we cannot achieve this. Hopefully I can make it two league titles on the run!
“I am looking forward now to the season getting underway. Before that though I cannot wait for the friendlies and seeing a lot of familiar faces from the Runcorn family. The supporters were amazing last time I was here, and also when I came back with City of Liverpool. It will be great to see them all and I cannot wait to get started once more.”