FORMER loanee Isaac Buckley-Ricketts has joined Warrington Town on a permanent basis.

The winger made 11 appearances for Yellows having been borrowed from National League North side Southport last season, scoring once in a 1-1 draw with Stafford Rangers.

However, the club have also confirmed that left-back Eddie Clarke, who had been offered a deal with them for the coming campaign, has sustained a long-term injury.

Clarke will remain among Mark Beesley’s squad, with the club offering to support him through his rehab alongside the likes of defender Mo Ali and wingers Jack Mackreth and Dom Reid.

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Eddie Clarke will remain with the Yellows squad to rehabilitate having suffered a serious injury. Picture by Karl Vallantine

On Buckley-Ricketts, Beesley says he has “high hopes” for what the 24-year-old can achieve at Cantilever Park this season

“We’re delighted to acquire his services. Isaac was someone we had marked to stay with us after his loan spell,” he said.

“We thought he did really well – he came to us having not played much at all for Southport and once he got up to speed, he showed his qualities. He’s a quality attacking player who can play anywhere across the front.

“It’s a new signing but it’s someone who’s already been amongst us and know how we work, so that’s a real benefit and he’s settled in really well with the lads.

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Isaac Buckley-Ricketts scoring against Stafford Rangers last season. Picture by Lewis Tate

“We’ve got high hopes for Isaac this year. He’s still relatively young and he’s got ambitions to do well and climb ladder again and that’s what we want, ambitious players and Isaac’s one of them.

“He’s a great lad around the place and it’s up to us to get the best out of him.”

It is believed more new signings – including a new goalkeeper to replace the departed Dan Atherton – will be announced in the coming days.