WARRINGTON Rylands 1906 have issued a statement of intent for their first season in the Northern Premier League top flight with three key signings this week.

Blues have recruited defenders Josh Langley from Nantwich Town and Aaron Morris from FC United of Manchester, along with midfielder James Barrigan from Marine FC.

Manager Dave McNabb is delighted with his captures.

“Josh is a really good defender, he’s excellent on the ball and is a natural leader on and off the pitch. He has a great pedigree and will add a lot of qualities to the squad,” he said of an experienced player who has also had spells with AFC Fylde, Southport and Altrincham.

Barrigan, meanwhile, is a versatile midfielder who came through the Wigan Athletic Academy.

“Jay is a great lad and a brilliant player," said McNabb.

"He’s very versatile, being able to play in four or five positions.

"He’s calm and composed on the ball and one of the best I’ve seen out of possession with his workrate and desire to win.”

And 26-year-old Morris is considered another coup catch by the club.

Morris started his senior career at St Helens Town before earning a move to Runcorn Linnets, where he made a huge impact winning the North West Counties Premier Division as well as many personal accolades before joining FC United three seasons ago.

He went on to make 100 appearances for his most recent club, scoring nine goals in the process.

McNabb said: “Aaron is an exceptional player, one we have admired for some time.

"He’s brilliant on the ball, aggressive and covers the ground really quickly, a Rolls Royce of a defender.”

Morris added: "Can’t wait to get working with Macca and his staff and to meet everybody else at the club.

"Exciting times ahead and hoping I can play my part in helping the club continue the success they’ve had in recent years."