Warrington Town can confirm that midfielder Ben Garrity has joined League One side Blackpool for an undisclosed fee.
Garrity, 22, was spotted playing Sunday League football for The Oyster in Liverpool, and was given a chance by Yellows boss Paul Carden.
The central midfielder immediately impressed, and quickly became a key player in the side, missing just one league game since joining the club.
In total, he has made 79 appearances, scoring 19 goals, including 11 this season which places him as the club’s top scorer.
After turning down offers to become a full-time professional in the summer, Garrity has now put pen to paper with Blackpool to turn full-time and get a chance to prove himself in the Football League.
He successfully underwent a medical on Thursday, and was supported by manager Paul Carden during negotiations with the Seasiders.
Clearly the future of the player and his prospects of being a full-time professional take priority in these discussions, but we are pleased to have secured an appropriate compensation which includes a sell-on clause for a player who was under contract until the end of the season.
Chairman Toby Macormac said: “It’s a monumental day for the club, with a player gaining Football League status via us for the first time in more than 20 years.
“It’s testament not only to Ben’s hard work, but also that of our manager Paul Carden, who has worked tirelessly to help bring the player on and develop him in to a position where multiple clubs have shown an interest.
“It is a positive that Warrington Town can be seen as a place that young footballers can come and not only impress in the first team, but be developed to an extent that they are then given the chance to become a full-time footballer once again.
“We wish Ben all the very best, and I’m sure everyone connected to the Yellows will watch his progress closely.”
The club would like to thank Blackpool for their professionalism during the negotiations and we look forward to seeing Garrity progress.