3 trialists signed after impressing in Pre-Season!

3 trialists sign up ahead of the new season!

We are delighted to announce that Osebi Abadaki, Jonny Kapend and Dave Walker have all signed up for the 2016/17 season. All 3 had joined the Dabbers in Pre-Season on a trial basis, but suitably impressed Parky and the management over the last few weeks that they were signed for the new season.

Jonny Kapend


Kapend has been with the Dabbers since the start of pre-season, joining the club for training after he was released by Port Vale at the end of last season. He has featured in every Pre-Season game so far and has 2 goals to his name, one a stunner against AFC Fylde. He suitably impressed the management after ending last season on loan with Kidsgrove and he will be looking to force his way into the Dabbers starting XI against Mickleover on Saturday.

On the signing of Kapend, manager Phil Parkinson said: “Jonny came in with a host of trialists at the start of Pre-Season. Some were from local clubs, the others were first year pros. Jonny was one of the ones who came in as a first year pro release(by Port Vale). He’s one out of about 20 who he earned himself a deal. He did really well. The biggest thing for Jonny is finding consistency. We’ve seen signs of him finding that consistency to be fair. He came in and he was like a house on fire, scoring, looking a goal threat. He needs to keep doing that to get in the squad.”

Osebi Abadaki


Abadaki re-joins the club after leaving us in March 2014. The quick and powerful forward has spent most of his career travelling around the North West non-league circuit. Parky was keen to bring him back to the club and brought him in, initially on trial. He quickly impressed, with a standout performance coming against Newcastle Town, where he scored 2 goals and supplied another in a 6-1 win. He will now join the Dabbers ahead of the new season and will look to hopefully put some roots down at the Weaver Stadium.

Parky’s thoughts: “Osebi is a player you look at and think he’s got a point to prove. He’s been around a while at various different clubs and not really settled. Maybe it’s the fact he’s not been understood or not been loved a little bit. We can do that here, we can look after him. He’s an exciting prospect, he likes getting at players, he’s got amazing pace, he’s very comfortable running with the ball. He’s someone I’m really excited about seeing what he can do this season. He reminds me of Matty Kosylo when I first saw him. He’s got bags of ability and I’m hoping that we can maybe do something like with did with Kosylo with Osebi.”

Dave Walker


Walker is a name that should be very familiar to Dabbers fans, as he was a prolific scorer for the team 6-7 years ago alongside Micky Lennon. Since leaving the Dabbers he has spent time with both Rushall Olympic and Kidsgrove. He missed the entirety of last season with a double hernia and broken ankle, but is now recovered and is looking to pick up where he left off the last time he was with the club.

On what he is expecting from Dave, Parky joked: “Goals! Hopefully goals!

We’re going to have to maintain Dave. He’s not going to slog his guts out for 90 minutes anymore at this level. The thing for me is about how he can impact the game for us when nobody else can. So that last 20-30 minutes, if he gets a chance, he can take it for us. Also, him being in the changing room, his experience, his knowhow, the things he’s won, the teams he’s played with, will be invaluable for our lads.”

The club have also, as already mentioned, signed forward Nathan Cottrell to a dual registration deal with Winsford United. The talented forward was in action for them last weekend, scoring 2 goals in their FA Extra Preliminary Round win against Staveley Miners Welfare. He will now split playing time between the 2 clubs this season.



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