Bucks to work with Blades

By David Watters

Buxton FC

Six more players have put pen-to-paper for Evo-Stik League Premier League Buxton who've also announced a new 'informal' partnership with Sheffield United.

Manager Martin McIntosh's squad for the new Premier Division campaign is now taking shape with 15 players signed or re-signed since the start of pre-season.

The Bucks announced on Monday that left-back Jamie Green, forward Mark Reed and youngsters Zak Heywood and John Stanway had all committed to another season at Silverlands. McIntosh's new recruits are 23-year-old forward Leon Osborne and 22-year-old Craig King.

Osborne is a former Bradford City striker with a number of first team appearances under his belt. He spent last season at Conference North sides Harrogate Town and Stalybridge Celtic.

King is a former Scotland U19 star who came through the ranks at Leicester City, making his senior debut in 2008. He enjoyed successful loan spells at Hereford United and Northampton Town before signing for AFC Telford and then Worksop Town.

The signings come after Buxton announced their new 'mutually beneficial but informal partnership' with Sheffield United for the coming season over the weekend.

The Blades, under the leadership of new academic director Nick Cox, have agreed similar agreements with a number of Non-League clubs in an attempt to identify talented players and showcase youngsters from U15 to U19 levels.

In return, the Bucks will welcome the young Blades to the Silverlands for a pre-season friendly on Saturday 3 August. The Bucks will also be welcomed to training at Sheffield United to help identify possible loan deals which are beneficial to both clubs. In addition, the Bucks hope to be able use some of the Blades facilities for physiotherapy and coaching education in the future.

Chairman David Hopkins is delighted with the deal and told the club’s website: "This deal will be mutually beneficial to both parties, with the Bucks being able to entertain the up and coming young Blades against some of the best talent in the country at the Silverlands as well as getting the opportunity to share some of the facilities, coaching education and potential loan talent that Sheffield United can offer."

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