PARKGATE manager Andy Dawson says the arrival of former Rotherham United centre-half Ryan Cresswell is a big boost for the team.
The 32-year-old centre-half scored on his debut for the Steelmen in the recent 1-1 draw with near neighbours Swallownest before the Northern Counties East League's coronavirus related suspension last week.
Cresswell, from Swinton, has vast experience.
After starting out at Sheffield United, he played for several Football League clubs, taking in a two-year spell with the Millers and time at Southend, Fleetwood and Northampton before dropping into non-league.
And after leaving Romford recently, Gate were delighted when the opportunity arose to sign him.
“It came about because our ex-coach, Ben Starosta, worked with him at Sheffield United,” said Parkgate boss Andy Dawson.
“It caused a stir when Ryan ran out to play for us last Saturday and from our point of view to have someone of 32 who has played more than 300 Football League games is great.
"Tad who played alongside him last weekend said he's the best he has played with. His leadership, his ability, his quality was plain to see. We will enjoy him while we've got him.”
Parkgate's trip to Ollerton Town tomorrow (7.45pm) is in doubt due to the coronavirus outbreak, as is Swallownest's home date against Nostell.