Birch returns to bolster Town squad

Eddy Birch in action during his first spell at Bridlington.

Eddy Birch in action during his first spell at Bridlington.

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Bridlington Town have signed Eddy Birch for a second spell at Queensgate.

The midfielder made more appearances in a Seasiders shirt than any other player last season for moving on to try his hand at a higher level.

Eddy Birch in action for Ossett earlier this season.

Eddy Birch in action for Ossett earlier this season.

But Town will be his fourth club of the season, and he joins from NCEL Division One side Hull United.

Bridlington manager Gary Allanson said: “He initially wanted to play a higher standard and signed for Harrogate Railway, then Ossett Albion where he was playing regularly, but because of his university studies he couldn’t keep up with the demand of the travelling at Evo-Stik League standard.

“He signed for Hull United but it didn’t work for both parties. He has had a break over Christmas and has missed his football so has asked to come back down with us.”

He is the second player to return to the Town squad in recent weeks, after Chris Adams joined up with the club again after a number of months travelling overseas. Both players were in the starting line-up when Town won the East Riding Senior Cup at the KC Stadium in May.

Allanson said: “Eddy did really well for us last season and fits into how we play. He is a very good player and will give us more depth.

“We are always looking for quality players and Eddy certainly fits that bill.

“Ash Allanson has a long term injury, and Duka and Lewis Clarkson are out for a long time, Joel Sutton still has two games of his ban to complete and Ryan Nicholls has got work commitments coming up. We still have a lot of games to play and are still in two cups, so we need more depth in the squad.

“Even though we got a fantastic result on Saturday away at Clipstone, we were totally down to the bare bones and we had players on their last legs.

“Pitches are getting heavier this part of the season so we need to rotate players around and try and keep them as fresh as possible, Eddy gives us that opportunity and he will be a very good acquisition to the squad.”