Former Huddersfield Town midfielder Matt Young has joined Frickley Athletic while the Northern Premier League club have signed a trio of Huddersfield-based players in Ash Flynn, John Cyrus and Aaron Joseph.
Young, 28, has ended a second spell at Farsley to move to South Elmsall-based Frickley, who are plotting an NPL Premier Division promotion push after staving off relegation last season.
A Town academy product who made 42 first-team appearances, Young has also played for Harrogate Town, Guiseley and Worksop Town since his release in 2008.
Prolific striker Flynn and defender Cyrus have switched from Shaw Lane Aquaforce and midfielder Joseph from Pontefract Collieries after spending the bulk of last season at Shaw Lane. All three previously played for AFC Emley.
Flynn, who has also played for Kirkburton and Lepton Highlanders, fired in 28 goals as Shaw Lane won promotion to the Northern Counties East League last season.
Despite losing Flynn and Cyrus, ambitious Aquaforce aim to make their mark in the NCEL top flight, and have recruited former Town junior winger George Conway from Workington, who have been relegated from the Conference North to the Northern Premier.
Meanwhile even though Young has left, NPL First Division North side Farsley’s Town connections remain strong.
Managed by Neil Parsley, they have re-signed full-back Aaron Hardy and snapped up ex-Town junior striker Lewis Nightingale, who played for Mossley last season.
It will be a second spell at Farsley for Nightingale, who has also played for Goole, Harrogate Railway, Curzon Ashton and Frickley.
Hardy, 28, who made 19 Town appearances between 2005-08, joined Farsley from neighbours Guiseley and was named top right-back in the NPL First Division North last season.
“I think we can make a real push this season,” he said. “I had a couple of offers from elsewhere, but as soon as I knew this club wanted me, I was more than happy to stay.”
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