MIDFIELDER Oliver Putnam has become Warrington Town’s latest new signing ahead of the new season.

The 20-year-old – comfortable in central areas and wide on the left – has penned a deal to join Mark Beesley’s side from neighbours Witton Albion, with whom he finished the 2021-22 season.

Putnam has also enjoyed spells with Congleton, Glossop North End and Leek Town during his young career.

Having been impressed with what he saw when Putnam turned out for Witton at Cantilever Park towards the end of last season, Town boss Beesley believes they have just the player they needed in the engine room.

“Ollie is a young player that we earmarked at the end of last year,” he told the club website.

“We thought he was excellent against us for Witton, he came recommended and once we knew he was available we snapped him up quickly.

“He’ll bring us energy, goals from midfield and that drive. He’s a forward-type midfield player that we need to complement what we’ve got.

“He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s determined to do well and he adds competition in midfield and is something different to what we’ve got.

“He’s a really good signing for us and someone we’re looking at working with to develop and help him push on next year.”

Putnam is the third new face in the Yellows squad for the coming season after the signings of goalkeeper Tony Thompson and defender Tom Hannigan were confirmed last week while loanee Isaac Buckley-Ricketts has also signed a permanent deal.

He is unlikely to be the last, with Beesley thought to be close to adding at least one more player to the ranks.

With experienced players such as Jay Harris, Sean Williams and Bohan Dixon already part of the side in his position, Putnam is keen to learn as well as stamp his own mark on the side.

“When I played here with Witton, I was impressed by the facilities and the fans,” he said.

“When Mark gave me the call, it was a no-brainer really. It’s a good club at this level and hopefully we can be fighting for promotion.

“The gaffer has laid that out straight away. That’s the aim of the season, so 100% that’s what we’re going to try and do.

“I just want to play as much as I can and have a big role within the team.

“I want to bring goals and assists, but my main aim is to have a major impact on the team individually.

“I’ve definitely still got a lot to learn as a midfielder, but hopefully I can do that with the experienced players in this team.”