Houghton and Mor­ris com­mit to stay but Well­stead de­parts Lin­nets

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MARK HOUGHTON and Aaron Mor­ris have com­mit­ted their fu­tures to Run­corn Lin­nets ahead of the club’s maiden cam­paign in the Evo-Stik League.

Man­ager Michael El­li­son also con­firmed that Houghton – one of only three play­ers in the club’s en­tire his­tory to make 200 ap­pear­ances at the Mill­bank – will miss the start of the sea­son through in­jury.

“Mark was ham­pered by the prob­lem for much of the sea­son just ended,” El­li­son said.

“He was pre­pared to bat­tle through in typ­i­cally un­selfish fash­ion.

“How­ever, it has reached the stage now where the in­jury needs sort­ing.

“The down­side is that he will miss the start of the sea­son but the pos­i­tive is we can expect to get him back fully fit and fir­ing on all cylin­ders.”

El­li­son was sim­i­larly en­thu­si­as­tic about Mor­ris’s re-sign­ing. The cen­tre-back has been voted sup­port­ers’ player of the sea­son for two con­sec­u­tive years, and El­li­son be­lieves the de­fender played a big role in their ti­tle suc­cess.

“Aaron has been a key part of our de­fen­sive unit, ini­tially in the sea­son be­fore last when he was an im­pres­sive ev­er­p­re­sent,” El­li­son said.

“While our goalscor­ing record dom­i­nated the head­lines, our de­fen­sive ca­pa­bil­i­ties were equally im­por­tant to our ti­tle run and Aaron played a big part along­side Jimmy Moore.

“It is great news that an ex­cel­lent young player such as Aaron has con­firmed a will­ing­ness to stay with Run­corn Lin­nets as we move up to the next level.”

El­li­son added: “We will need our se­nior play­ers and hav­ing Kyle Hamid, Paul Shan­ley, Louis Cor­ri­gan and Fred­die Pot­ter also com­mit­ting so early is a mas­sive boost.”

One player who will not be join­ing Lin­nets in the Evo-Stik, how­ever, is Stu­art Well­stead.

The for­ward has left the club to pur­sue a ca­reer in foot­ball man­age­ment.

“Ob­vi­ously we are gut­ted to see Stu go,” El­li­son re­flected.

“He has been a tremen­dous player for Run­corn Lin­nets and his ex­pe­ri­ence and goals have been re­ally im­por­tant to the club.

“He’s been a great lad to have around and we wish him well in the next chap­ter of his foot­ball ca­reer.”

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