West sign Dos Santos and Leather

With the summer seeing a minor squad overhaul, the rebuilding at Brookburn Road has continued over the past week with the addition of two new players to bolster Steve Settle’s options as the season gets into full swing. Having both already made their bows for the club, West are pleased to confirm the signings of Merizel Dos Santos, and Ashley Leather.

Dos Santos – more often referred to as Junior – comes highly regarded, having finished last season at Prescot Cables, having played at higher levels of the pyramid. His debut came in the 1-1 away draw at Hanley Town as a second half substitution for Ashton United loanee Josh Stacini, making an impression with his direct running and ability to beat a man. He also featured in the weekend’s loss against Squires Gate.

Speaking on his signing, assistant manager Steve Brockley said, “Junior is an exciting talent – a player the fans can get behind. He has been at clubs from Rochdale to West Ham in recent years and is now settled in Manchester and is looking for a platform to show what he can do. He will be an exciting player for West”

Leather has already won over many West fans with his performance against Squires Gate on Saturday, in which is he instrumental in the club’s late – but ultimately fruitless – fightback. Replacing an injured Mark Rogers in the first half, Ash’s ability to constantly reach the byline certainly got home fans hearts racing. He joins having previously recently played for Mossley and started pre-season at Wythenshawe Town – including an eye catching display in a 2-1 loss against West.

Manager Steve Settle said of Leather joining the club, “Ashley is an exciting player that really shone against us in pre-season. Following the loss of Ben Steer we needed to strengthen in wide areas. I really feel Ashley has all the attacking attributes to take us to the next level – really excited to watch him develop this season!”

All at the club would like to welcome Junior and Ashley to Brookburn Road, and look forward to cheering them on throughout the season.

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