Farsley Celtic are delighted to announce the signing of Adam Priestley for the 2017/18 season. The striker returns to the club for a third time following his switch from Alfreton Town, where he played National League North football last season.
The deal marks Farsley Manager Adam Lakeland’s first new signing of the close season, and Priestley will be a familiar face to many Celts supporters. Priestley signed for the Celts at the start of the 2012/13 season and scored 21 goals in that campaign. The goal scoring exploits lead to a short spell with then National League North side Guiseley, before Adam returned to the Nest midway through the season. He scored a further 22 goals for the Celts before moving to Shaw Lane in 2015. He made 20 starts for Alfreton last season and had a short spell on loan at Frickley Athletic towards the end of the campaign.
Adam of course also has 13 caps for Gibraltar, his International team of birth. He made his full debut for the country when Gibraltar faced Slovakia in November 2013. He was involved in the National sides UEFA 2016 Qualifying campaign when he came up against Poland in his first competitive appearance for his country.
Upon signing Adam commented, ‘I cannot wait to get playing for the club again. I am 100% happy to be back here at the club. I’ve had a couple of up and down seasons and I can’t wait to get firing again for Farsley Celtic’
‘The last two seasons have been a bit hit and miss, but to be back here in familiar surroundings feels right. I just want to start where I left off a couple of years ago’
‘As soon as I received the phone call from Adam I couldn’t think higher of the way he put over his thinking for the new season over to me. He clearly has great plans to move the club forward. He really didn’t have to sell the club to me because I know what it is all about, but he did do!’
Manager Adam Lakeland said of the returning striker, 'We are absolutely delighted that Adam has joined us. One of the things I thought we needed to add to the squad in the attacking third of the pitch was a bit more pace, a bit more mobility and I think he’ll compliment the other striking options we have at the Club, very, very well.'
'Adam will give us the opportunity to stretch the game and to get behind teams a little bit easier and he can function as a wide forward as well which gives us different options.'
'He’s obviously local and been here before - he’s well thought of and having experience at a higher level at Alfreton Town and Frickley Athletic last season will help. So hopefully Adam will come in and play a part and be another source of goals for us.'
All at Farsley Celtic would like to welcome Adam back to the club. #OneClub
Updated 20:15 - 8 Jun 2017 by Paul Hatt