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17 May 2019 : Marathon man Kris Holt is ready to go the extra mile with Runcorn again

Kris Holt is one of those players who just keeps on going in every game - and by agreeing a further extension to his Runcorn Linnets career, he is again showing unquestionable staying power.

It was a trait he needed in abundance late in a very demanding last season when, in the middle of a busy run of fixtures, he took time out to run the Greater Manchester Marathon.

Holty required all his energies to get round the 26.219-mile course, raising valuable funds for the Greater Manchester Foundation Trust charity in the process.

He'd played a full game the day before the run, turning in a typically hard-working shift, and followed up the next weekend by completing all but 10 minutes of the 90.

It was a very special effort, even by Holty's own standards, coming as it did at a time when the rigours of the campaign were catching up with even the fittest.

Kris is another Linnet who sacrificed himself in the team cause during an injury-hit run-in by taking on a change of position.

As injured team mates now prepare to come back for the forthcoming season, he will relish the prospect of being released from the defensive shackles of emergency duties as a holding midfielder and taking up his more customary role in support of the attacking players.

Holty is just two games short of a century of competitive Linnets appearances and once he has reached the landmark, fans will be firmly hoping there are many more appearances to come.

"What can I say about Holty? He's a huge part of what we do here both on and off the pitch," said manager Michael Ellison.

"He's played in a lot of different positions for us over the past three seasons and hasn't looked out of place in any of them.

"Once again, he's had a fantastic season and with all the injuries we've had stepped up and made that holding midfield position his own.

"I'm still not happy about him running marathons during the season though!!".

17 May 2019 : More success lies just around the corner for Linnets' hometown ace Ryan Gibson

Local lad Ryan Gibson has homed in on a return to Runcorn Linnets for next season, having made a very good impression over his five months in the ranks so far.

The winger, who joined from local football, has pledged continuing allegiance to his own town club after making something of a flying start at The Millbank Linnets Stadium.

From the moment he took the field as a substitute in December's midweek Integro Cup win at EVO-STIK League Premier Division side Hyde United, the dashing winger has made light of what is a considerable step up from the Chester & Wirral League.

Scoring a last-gasp equaliser on home debut against Glossop North End the following Saturday, Ryan has more than justified Michael Ellison's decision to draft the in player from Helsby FC and swiftly give him a chance.

Ryan has the rare gift of being able to take on and beat opposing defenders at pace and he has firmly established himself as a fans' favourite in Linnets colours - despite not always playing in his preferred position.

Ryan has shown his versatility by turning out in central midfield as and when required.

April saw Ryan being rewarded with the club's final Bowland Brewery Player of the Month award of 2018-19 and manager Ellison is looking forward to seeing the player really kick on when it all starts again in August.

The Linnets boss said: "Ryan has been a great signing for us. He's made the step up in levels look easy and has made a massive improvement since joining us in December.

"He's what some people would call a flair player with his pace and his ability to go past people. But for me, it's his work rate and his selfless running off the ball for the team, which goes unnoticed a lot of the time, that sets him apart.

"I'm looking forward to working with him again next season."

16 May 2019 : Fresh start after injury for all-action Simmo

Michael Ellison has every right to feel like he has completed his first new signing of the summer with the news that Michael Simpson is putting pen to paper on a new deal.

With 174 appearances already under his belt at Linnets, Simmo is one of the most familiar faces in the squad.

However, he wasn't seen on the field anywhere enough during 2018-19, having to reluctantly take on the role of spectator as his season was badly cut short by injury.

Like fellow midfielder Kyle Hamid, Simmo is looking forward to starting afresh and Runcorn's performances in midfield will be all the better for it.

The energetic player's unrelenting support of both the strikers and defence was sorely missed as he featured in less than half of the Yellow and Greens' games last term.

Simmo will also be out to improve on his 23 goals, which have included some explosive efforts from midfield or right back.

Boss Ellison said: "Simmo will be like a new signing for us this season.

"We've really missed his energy and quality in the middle of the park.

"The fact he played a number of games early on in the season with a serious injury - one which caused him a lot of pain - for me just shows the measure of the lad.

"I'm delighted he's committed for another campaign."

16 May 2019 : Runcorn's Mr Consistency Peter Wylie is keen to continue his good work at The Millbank

Peter Wylie has pledged his future to Runcorn Linnets, having little hesitation in agreeing to sign for the campaign ahead.

Peter joined from Marine in time for the first home game of last season against Chasetown and established himself as a regular fixture in Michael Ellison's team.

He has been a model of consistency in the centre of Linnets' defence, hardly putting a foot wrong, while operating occasionally at right back and in midfield.

Peter's experience of EVO-STIK League football was also invaluable as Linnets settled extremely well into Step 4 life.

His 43 appearances (all starts) were bettered only by fellow defenders Aaron Morris and Louis Corrigan, meaning that Ello was able to field a largely settled back line.

Now Peter is looking to help Linnets build on a more than satisfactory debut season at their new level.

Manager Ellison said: "Peter has been an almost ever present in the side since joining at the start of the season. He indicated pretty much straight away he wanted stay, which is music to a manager's ears. He's been brilliant for us in a number of positions and I've no doubt that will continue in the forthcoming campaign."

15 May 2019 : Full back Ally Brown is with Linnets for the long run

The second player to confirm he is staying with Runcorn Linnets is one of our more recent captures.

Defender Ally Brown arrived at The Millbank Linnets Stadium on March 1st this year and finished the season as Michael Ellison's first-choice right back.

The manager will hope that a complete season will give the experienced full back chance to bring his promotion-winning influence to bear.

Ally has helped both Trafford and Warrington Town to go up toThe EV0-STIK League Premier Division but it was something he couldn't quite achieve in his first two months at Linnets.

The Runcorn club missed out on a Division One West play-off spot by goal difference.

Manager Michael Ellison said: "Ally has been a great addition to the squad. It's always tough to join a new side at that stage of the season but you only have to look at his performances to see the quality he's added to us.

"He also brings a wealth of experience at this level and I'm delighted he's decided to commit to another season with us."

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