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Southport re-sign AFC Telford United's Liam Blakeman

Liam Blakeman
Blakeman (left) moves in the opposite direction to 2008

Blue Square Bet Premier side Southport have re-signed AFC Telford United midfielder Liam Blakeman after a battle between both clubs for his signature.

"We matched Southport pound for pound," said Telford chairman Lee Carter.

"But in the end it came down to Liam's choice between Conference Premier and Conference North football and there wasn't a jot we could do about it."

Blakeman, 27, joined United from Southport in 2008 and was named Telford fans' player of the year this season.

Carter added: "Liam has been an absolute pleasure to work with.

"He encountered a really tough start to his time at Telford but he really stuck with it and delivered especially during our recent very difficult period. That says a great deal about his character."

Telford manager Andy Sinton is continuing talks with a number of potential new signings - but Carl Rodgers has agreed to stay at the Bucks Head.

Rodgers has had four years at Telford - with Chester, Caernarfon and The New Saints among his former clubs.

Sinton has also announced John Psaras as a new recruit to his backroom staff. Psaras spent 18 years with Walsall's academy.

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