Diggin and Winters re-sign as Saints overhaul squad

Steve Diggin
Steve Diggin
  • Steve Diggin and Tom Winters back at Brackley
  • Three new faces join ahead of 2015/16 season
  • Rowe and Pierpoint leave but Austin and Odhiambo sign on

Brackley Town have re-signed former fans’ favourites Steve Diggin and Tom Winters as they continue the process of overhauling their squad ahead of their 2015/16 campaign in the National League North.

Having maintained their Conference North status by the tightest of margins following a nail-biting final day, the club are now keen to ensure they don’t find themselves in the same position again.

They have signalled their intentions early by bringing in five new players, including Winters and Diggin.

The re-signing of Diggin will be a popular one with fans after the striker played a key role in the club’s successful 2011/12 campaign when they won promotion to the Conference North. The 27-year-old spent a further two seasons at the club before joining league rivals Hednesford Town 12 months ago, but after scoring five goals in his time at the Staffordshire outfit, he has been re-signed by Brackley manager Jon Brady.

Winters spent eight years with Saints between 2005 and 2013, in which time he helped the club to win two promotions, but the winger left to join local rivals Oxford City in 2013 after turning down what Brady described as an “incredible” deal by Brackley.

However, the 29-year-old is back at St James Park for the 2015/16 season.

Richard Batchelor (pictured playing against Brackley last season) has joined Saints from Hednesford Town

Richard Batchelor (pictured playing against Brackley last season) has joined Saints from Hednesford Town

In addition to Winters and Diggin, Saints have also brought in three new faces including 29-year-old centre-back Luke Graham, who joins from Alfreton Town following their relegation from the National Football League.

Graham was retained by Alfreton at the end of last season, but had his contract with the club mutually terminated following a request to move closer to home having been born in Northamptonshire.

Brackley have also snapped up experienced goalkeeper Dan Crane, who started his career at West Brom, and box-to-box midfielder Richard Batchelor, both from Hednesford, while Eddie Odhiambo, Greg Kaziboni and captain Ryan Austin have all signed on for next season following excellent campaigns in 2014/15.

Two players have left the club, with striker Ryan Rowe joining Worcester City and defender Stuart Pierpoint leaving for Stourbridge.

Tom Winters

Tom Winters