Joel Amado earns Yellows deal

Left-sided defender Joel Amado is Paul Carden’s fourth summer signing, arriving at Cantilever Park from Trafford FC.

Amado, 22, has already started training with his new team-mates and follows on from the arrivals of Callum Grogan, Charlie Munro and Craig Carney.

He was part of the Trafford side that won the Integro League Cup in 2019, beating Farsley Celtic in the final, and was previously with Curzon Ashton, as well as playing alongside Yellows striker Jordan Buckley at Irlam FC.

Manager Carden said: “He’s another good young player. A good athlete, he’s 6’2”, he’s got pace and power and he’ll give us a different dimension to what we’ve already got.

“Last season we only really had one player who could play left-back, in Tom Warren, so we wanted to make sure we had cover but Joel is also versatile, which is again something that I’m looking for.

“He gives us a totally different proposition to the left-back position, he gives us balance and gives us the option to play a back three with the defenders we’ve got now.

“We’ve always tried to have young lads who are hungry around the experienced ones, and while we’re still looking to add a bit more experience to the squad, Joel is another good young player who’s got a chance of making it higher up in the game.”

Training sessions have been held for the squad over the past three weekends, and that will step up in the coming weeks now that news of a season start date has been received.

And Carden says the new boys have settled in well.

He added: “I’ve been pleased with how everyone has settled in straight away. Joel’s already been with us for a couple of sessions. Craig Carney has come in and looked like he’s been with us for a while, so it’s been pleasing. It’s important to sign good players, but important that they’re good lads too, and we’ve got that.”

The club is working on a pre-season fixture schedule, although due to the current restrictions, all games will be played behind closed doors.

The first game will be a trip to Skelmersdale United on Saturday August 15.

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