‘New’ Tigers striker could get even better says boss

Worksop Town v Albion Sports - Saturday August 26th 2017. Worksop player Mark Simpson. Picture: Chris Etchells
Worksop Town v Albion Sports - Saturday August 26th 2017. Worksop player Mark Simpson. Picture: Chris Etchells

Worksop Town fans might not yet have seen the best of returning 31-goal striker Mark Simpson.

The frontman, who scored three of those goals for Worksop Town last season and the rest for NCEL Premier rivals Garforth Town, has been enticed back to Sandy Lane by new boss Craig Denton.

He’s excited about this particular signing.

“We know about Simpson, I think he got 31 goals last season,” said the recently appointed manager.

“He’s full of tricks, a pacey centre-forward.

“He can do a job on either side of a front three or work off someone else.”

But one of the main reasons Denton brought the goalscorer back to the club is that he believes there’s more to come from him.

“Mark is really coachable, he’s very open to listen and wants to learn,” Denton told the Worksop Guardian.

“Hopefully we will be able to give him the tools to make him a better player.”

Another of the gaffer’s attacking options, a different style of forward, is Craig Mitchell.

He bagged 10 goals last season for eventually-promoted AFC Mansfield.

In the Bull’s promotion winning 2015/16 season he fired in 23.

“I’m really happy with Craig Mitchell,” said Denton.

“He’s a big powerful centre forward who caused us lots of problems when we came up against him in recent games.”

“Craig’s experience and knowledge will be a great addition to the younger players in the side.”

Also vying for a starting place up top will be another man who has returned to Worksop Town after a spell elsewhere.

Connor Brunt, who has spent the past year in Australia, has committed to the Tigers for the 2018/19 NCEL campaign.

During his time Down Under he played for Gold Coast FC and Queensland, then moved Robina City FC where he scored 10 goals in eight games.

Brunt, who scored five goals for the Tigers in the 2016/17 season, has already made over 100 appearances in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League at the tender age of 21.