All the reaction as Redcar kick-off the season with five new additions.

The start of the 2024/25 season is just 19 days away, and Redcar Athletic have already gotten the ball rolling with five early summer arrivals.

Headlined by the return of Oscar Fletcher, Carl Jarrett facilitated the signings of Bishop Auckland stars Craig Gott, James Risbrough and Danni Lay, not to mention the clinical Bradley Fewster.

The news quickly sparked widespread excitement across social media, with many taking to platforms such as ‘X’ and Facebook to express their thoughts.

First through the door came Oscar Fletcher, a young midfielder who last year gave up the hallowed turf of Green Lane in favour of a move to West Auckland Town.

Under the guise of Carl Jarrett, the 19-year-old made a welcome return to the club, igniting swathes of delight and optimism from across the Steelmen’s community.

Oscar’s former coach at Green Lane, Gary Forster, kicked off the response to the midfielder’s return, writing: “Unplayable on his day. Great signing. Good luck.”

Current boss, Carl Jarrett himself, also took to ‘X’ to articulate his thoughts, saying: “What a first signing for Redcar Athletic this is. The lad has bags of talent.”

It wasn’t just coaches who were keen to see the 19-year-old back on the Redcar seafront, with fans equally excited to learn of his eagerly-anticipated return.

One took to ‘X’ to write: “Yes! What a signing, gutted when he left last season.”

Another added: “Unbelievable player. Been saying to sign him back for ages.”

Mark Carruthers, a renowned local football writer, chipped in with: “Great signing! Was really impressed with Oscar whenever I saw him play of West last season.”

Oscar’s Redcar return was also met with an outpouring of love from fans who believed the England Schoolboys star was ‘back home.’

One aptly put: “Back where he belongs.”

Another said: “Great lad and great footballer. Welcome home, Oscar!”

News of the 19-year-old’s new deal at Green Lane was quickly followed by the arrival of Craig Gott, another addition which caused quite a stir across social media.

One took to ‘X’ to put: “What a player and signing this is. Absoloutely fantastic.”

Another added: “Great signing. Not only one of the most naturally talented, (but a) great leader too.”

Over on Facebook, the announcement of the midfielder’s signing gathered over 200 reactions, with 40 fans, players and coaches alike taking to the comments to share their thoughts.

“Great signing, just captained ‘Bishy’ to the title, not many better at this level than Gotty!” Said one.

Another ambitiously put: “What a signing this is by the way. Will be the best player in this league by a country mile.”

First Team boss Carl Jarrett also offered his thoughts once more, writing: “If you know you know, this lad is the real deal.”

“No messing about, just a pure winner. Loves his footy, and got a great attitude towards his clubs he plays for.

“Buzzing to have him back.”

Next came the arrival of Bradley Fewster, a proven goalscorer making the switch from Northern Premier League outfit, Whitby Town.

Fans were quick to label the former Middlesbrough man a ‘fantastic signing,’ keen to see him find the net in the red and navy.

One commented: “Huge signing for this level!”

Another chimed in with: “Steelmen have got a good player there. Have a good season with Redcar Athletic.”

Many took to commenting on the inevitable strike partnership the forward would forge with current Steelmen number nine, Adam Boyes, labelling the pair a force to be reckoned with.

“Going to be a ridiculous partnership with Bosh this.” One said. “Some finisher.”

Another simply added: “Goals galore.”

Next came a defensive duo from Bishop Auckland, kicked off by the signing of experienced fullback, James Risborough.

The defender commandeered another widespread response, with Two Blues’ fans taking to ‘X’ to wish him well, whilst our Steelmen were keen to see him in the red and navy.

“You’ve got a top player there.” One said. “Well done James, over the moon for you.”

Another Bishops’ fan added: “One player I wished we could have kept. Class player.”

As for the Redcar response, one simply put: “I knew it was ‘Munchie.’ What a signing.”

Another added: “Welcome mate.”

Carl Jarrett also took to ‘X’ to pencil his thoughts. The boss said: “Another fantastic signing for Redcar Athletic. Great lad and player. Welcome, Munchie.”

Redcar’s early summer business concluded with the confirmation of one of the worst kept secrets in the region, the signing of Risbrough’s defensive partner, Danni Lay.

“Won’t find a more dominant centre half at Northern League level.” One said, ambitiously adding: “Redcar will win the league comfortably next season.”

Shouts of ‘what a signing’ completed the reaction on ‘X,’ whilst many Two Blues’ fans again took to Facebook to offer their well wishes.

One fan commented: “Another quality signing. Sad to see Danni leave Bishop too, but good luck to him.”

“Might see if the ‘youngen’ fancies a trip there if Bishop don’t have a game.”

Another said: “Well you’ve definitely got a side that can win a championship!”

“Thanks for everything at Bishop, Danni.”


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