We are very pleased to announce that right-back Alex Byrne, 22, has signed for the Club after leaving Winsford United of the NWCFL Premier Division; where his father, Rob - manages the team.
Alex also spent much of last season at Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division side Buxton F.C. A dependable defender, Alex also likes to get forward to join the attack; and possesses the ability to cross the ball excellently into the danger areas either from open play or from corners or free-kicks. His first Club was Mossley A.F.C at 16, and later playing at current NWCFL Premier Division champions Glossop North End. An NWCFL Division One League title winner with Abbey Hey F.C in 2012/13, Alex is looking to make further progress as well as that of the team this coming season 2015/16. He made his full debut in the pre-season 1-0 friendly win Vs Newcastle Town at the Aspire Stadium on Tues 14th July, turning in a man-of-the-match performance.
Welcome to the Vics', Alex! You can follow Alex on his social network site, Twitter here - https://twitter.com/alexbyrne93
Alex pictured below - in action for Buxton F.C last season.
Jamie Dewsbury spoke with Alex and also had a chat with Vics' manager Jim Gannon after signing on at the Club -
Welcome to the Club, Alex. You have had some good success in your fledgling career so far, including a league title medal at Abbey Hey F.C. What prompted you to sign on with the Vics'?
One phone call form the gaffer (Jim Gannon) and my mind was made up. I already knew it was a big Club with a big history. Jim talked to me about the ambition of the Club to go forward and challenge for the League title again after last years fourth-placed finish; which was great to hear. The opportunity to play under Jim Gannon was another big selling point, his CV speaks for itself and i am looking forward to getting stuck in and learning more off him.
Alex (pictured below left) during the friendly Vs Newcastle Town F.C; in a chase for the ball with Vics' attacker Reece Fishwick (right)
Vics' boss Jim Gannon on Alex's arrival and his performance in the 1-0 away friendly win at Newcastle Town on 14th July -
Alex came highly recommended by both managers he played for last season. Alex played under his father Rob at Winsford Utd F.C and featured in central midfield against us in the Mid-Cheshire Senior Challenge Cup semi-final, and finished as one of their top goal-scorers. But he also played a decent amount of games for Buxton F.C at right-back in the Evo-Stik Premier League.
It was his performances for them at right-back that drew praise from Martin McIntosh (Buxton F.C manager) and on his recommendation I chatted over the opportunity for Alex to join us. I am delighted that he has chosen to join us and his ability, experience and hunger fits very well with the type of player we are keeping and adding to the squad. Alex is a good defender but has some excellent attacking qualities, including a real desire to get forward and deliver a high number of quality crosses. We saw all those attributes in last night's game where he marauded down the right and delivered cross after cross. Later on in the game he also showed us how he can transfer those crossing skills into dead-ball situations and put some great in-swinging corners into the box.
I am looking forward to working with Alex and if he continues to show the energy and ability of the first few weeks I believe that he will be a great addition to the squad and really add a different dimension to our attacking play from the right.
Picture courtesy of Steve Sharman c/o Newcastle Town F.C.