Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, joint-managers of Vanarama National League North newcomers Salford City, have agreed terms with three new signings, as well as extending deals for four players.
Arriving from new league rivals AFC Fyde is Bradley Barnes, who joined the Coasters from Chester FC in 2011.
Barnes had a spell in the Conference Premier with Southport before making the decision to sign for Chester, who were then preparing for life in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North.
An inspirational figure on and off the pitch, Barnes is a tough-tackling midfielder who captained Fylde to their NPL Premier Division play-off win in 2014 and led the team to the National League North play-offs this season.
A big favourite with Coasters’ fans, Trafford-based Barnes is sure to develop the same relationship with Ammies` supporters.
Manchester-born forward Mike Phenix has agreed to make the move to Moor Lane from National League side Southport.
Phenix started out with the Bolton Wanderers academy before moving into the non-League game with Hindsford.
Spells at Droylsden and Skelmersdale United followed and in 2013 he moved to Conference North side AFC Telford United.
He was a key player for the Bucks as the won the divisional title that season and early in the 2014/15 season Barnsley signed him for a transfer fee of £25,000.
Loan spells at Macclesfield Town and Southport followed and after being released by the Tykes last season he signed on for the rest of the season with the Sandgrounders.
Solihull Moors defender Michael Nottingham has also agreed to make the switch, having been an integral part of the Moors’ National League North title-winning side this season.
Born in Birmingham, the 6’4″ defender can play at centre-back, right-back or right-wing back and also has a keen eye for goal too.
He started out with Romulus and Redditch United before moving to Gresley FC where he was selected for the NPL South’s team of the season for 2012/13.
He moved to Solihull that summer and the Moors had a tremendous 2015/16 campaign to secure automatic promotion from the National League North.
Nottingham picked up both the players’ and supporters’ player of the season awards to put the icing on a personally outstanding year and has clocked up over 100 appearances during his time at Solihull.
The managers have also extended deals for a number of this season’s promotion-winning squad, with Steve Howson, Scott Burton, Steve O’Halloran and Richie Allen putting pen-to-paper this week.
Negotiations are ongoing with others, and with Josh Hine, Jordan Hulme, John Johnston, Sam Livesey and Billy Priestley already committed to the club for 2016/17, the squad is already taking shape.
So far it has been confirmed that three players will be leaving Moor Lane.
Striker Gareth Seddon arrived at Salford during the summer of 2014 and scored 24 goals in thirty-five NPL First Division North appearances.
A late goal at Prescot Cables in March 2015 kept the Salford City promotion bandwagon rolling and the club finished the campaign ahead of Darlington 1883 as automatic promotion was secured.
Seddon’s goals – many of them beauties – were key to that achievement but his 2015/16 campaign would be badly affected by injury.
A knock picked up during the home defeat to Rushall Olympic in September kept Seddon out until just before Christmas when he made a substitute appearance during the FA Cup replay defeat at Hartlepool United.
There was to be one more crucial contribution from the experienced striker, however, and in April he rifled home a typically spectacular finish to put Salford ahead during extra-time as Ashton United were beaten in the NPL Premier Division play-off semi-final.
Also leaving is ex-Ramsbottom United central defender Michael Dawson, who joined the Ammies in October 2015.
Ongoing injury problems affected his time at Moor Lane but he made thirteen appearances for the club, including three sterling outings in the FA Cup against Notts County and Hartlepool.
The third confirmed departure is winger/forward Joe Mwasile, who arrived at Moor Lane last summer and went on to make thirty-five appearances for the Ammies, with twenty-four of those made as a substitute.
Mwasile was a popular figure amongst Salford supporters and chipped in with 3 goals as well as provided match-winning crosses during the games at Colwyn Bay and Stourbridge.