ATHERTON Collieries have appointed a general manager as the countdown continues to the Evo-Stik Premier Division season. 

Cameron Foster will support manager Michael Clegg with scouting, match analysis and training as Colls look to build on their title-winning success. 

He was a key figure last season behind the scenes, watching and producing reports on the opposition as Clegg’s side finished top of the pile in Evo-Stik West. 

“We are all eager to get the new season under way and planning has gone extremely well so far, both on and off the pitch,” Foster said. 

“Last year was great for me to learn about the club and the people, to now come in from the start of a season is very exciting to see what we can achieve. 

“The lads are quality and the staff have built something special here, I hope to add to that and help the Colls on their way.”

Clegg was delighted to formally add Foster to his backroom staff after his contribution to a memorable promotion campaign. 

“Cameron came in last season with no official role,” the Colls boss said. 

“He did a bit of everything and to be honest he didn’t know what he wanted to do as he had just progressed at work, so commitment was an issue.

“Towards the end of the season he became a lot more familiar with the staff and players and was really keen to get involved. 

“He loves drilling into the detail and as everyone knows behind the scenes now, we are more prepared than ever for games. 

"Our staff now, really are an unbelievable bunch. 

“In Baz (Atkins) we have a coach who has transformed us as a team, he doesn’t get enough credit for that. 

“Then in Cameron we have someone who really wants to work with the analysis guys and the scouts to help build game plans with myself and Healdy (assistant manager Andrew Heald). 

"It’s really exciting times here at Colls.”

The build up to the new season begins with a game against Football League newcomers Salford City. 
Clegg’s side host Graham Alexander’s men on Monday, July 1, in a 7.45pm kick-off at the Skuna Stadium.