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Celts sign Chris Atkinson on loan

By Paul Hatt

Central Midfielder joins from Salford City

“I loved my debut against Goole AFC. I can't wait to get back out there again!” Chris Atkinson

The sixty-one hardy souls that made it to Throstle Nest on Tuesday night for the Integro League Cup game against Goole AFC would have noticed a new name on the Celts team sheet, as Chris Atkinson took the number eight shirt for the evening.

Halifax born Atkinson joins the Celts on loan from National League North Salford City, having had Football League experience with the likes of Huddersfield Town, Chesterfield , Tranmere Rovers, Bradford City and Crewe Alexandra.

Looking back on his first appearance the young central midfielder said:

“I loved my debut against Goole AFC. It was my first ninety minutes of football for eleven months, it was so great to get back out there and play. I thought we dominated the game, had lots of possession and created numerous chances which is very promising. I can't wait to get back out there again!”

Atkinson slotted into the Celts midfield seamlessly and nearly marked his debut with a goal on thirty-six minutes when he took a pass from Lewis Nightingale before firing over.

The midfielder is no stranger to the set-up and squad at Throstle Nest as he explained:

“I've known about Farsley as a Club for a while, as I am best pals with Ryan Watson and have also played with Lew and Wally at other clubs, so I knew I was coming to a good club with good players."

“Deace and Pars both rang me up over the weekend offering me the chance to come and play at Throstle Nest. They told me all about the Club and their hopes for the rest of the season. They also told me about the style of football they play, which is great for a midfield player like me, as they like to get the down and pass it and create opportunities for the forward players.”

In looking at the remainder of the season for the squad and on a personal level, Celts latest recruit reflected:

“For me with the squad of players we have got here, I think our expectation is to win the league and get this Club where it belongs, moving back up the leagues. On a personal note, I just want to play as many games as possible and start enjoying my football again which is something I haven't done for the past couple of years for various reasons.”

Welcome to Throstle Nest Chris.

Updated 15:13 - 5 Feb 2017 by Paul Hatt

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