New Tadcaster Albion boss Billy Miller reckons the arrival of Scarborough Athletic hot shot Jimmy Beadle will provide the missing link to the club’s promotion ambitions.
Like Miller, Beadle has stepped down from Evo-Stik First Division North to join the i2i Stadium and he brings a feast of goals from midfield.
The 26-year-old scored 21 goals from the centre of the park at Athletic last season, but decided to part company with his home town club at the end of the season.
Following his decision to leave the seaside club, Albion swooped for his services and Miller believes his new recruit can be the spring in the cog for his new squad’s promotion push next season.
Beadle was part of the Scarborough squad that won the Toolstation NCEL Premier two seasons ago, and that experience, Miller feels, will be invaluable to his squad.
The boss said: “The lad has got a phenomenal amount of experience for a lad that’s only 26.
“He’s just about to come into the peak of his footballing career and is fully aware of what we are wanting to achieve.
“With Jimmy arriving, we have got a great, attack-minded midfielder that has played at the level above. He will bring goals and experience to the team.
“He’s got a winning mentality and he’s won this league, and been part of a team that didn’t fear any other team in this league.
“But he’s going to be in a midfield of four battling it out for two or three places. In Tom Claisse, Liam Ormsby and Nick Thompson, and Jimmy, we have an embarrassment of riches, but again, they will have to earn the right to play in there each game.”
Miller added to his goalscoring ranks on Tuesday with the addition of Shaw Lane Aquaforce frontman Joe Thornton.
Thornton left Shaw Lane at the end of the season despite scoring more than 20 goals in their title winning campaign.
However, as two arrive, midfielder Danny Patterson and defender Matt Sparkes have opted to leave the i2i Stadium.
Patterson broke his leg playing in a Sunday League fixture towards the end of last season and was expected to miss the opening three months of the season.
Miller could not guarantee first team football for the former Shaw Lane Aquaforce man upon recovery.
As well as Patterson, Miller has revealed striker Carl Stewart could struggle to force his way back into considerations when he returns from injury.
Sparkes’ time at the club has also come to an end due to work commitments.
The 30-year-old centre-back has chosen to concentrate his attentions on his work as a doctorate researcher at the University of Cambridge next season.
Chairman Matt Gore said: “Matt has been a model professional throughout his time at Tadcaster Albion.
“His commitment and efforts have been first class and he’ll be greatly missed down at the i2i Stadium.”