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Ex-Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Derby player trains with Nantwich Town

An ex-Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Derby, Hull and Nottingham Forest player trains with non league outfit Nantwich Town, according to reports this week.

He was part of Boro defence for a number of years, however, it his stay turned sour and the Spaniard chose not to extend his contract, which now leaves him as a free agent.

That man is Daniel Ayala, who has his eyes elsewhere, potentially in another move to a club within the English Football League, but in the meantime, he is training with the Northern Premier League side in an effort to maintain his fitness according to a story on the Teesside Live website.

He was to reach an agreement with Middlesbrough over a new deal, and it has been said that he was allegedly ‘banned’ from the Teesside club’s training ground before being let go.

Speaking to Nantwich’s website, Ayala thanked the non league club for their support.

He said: “I am massively grateful for them because without them I wouldn’t have a pitch to try and get back to proper fitness.

“So I’m really thankful for the opportunity to train here on the pitch and to get fit.”

Ayala came into English football when brought over from Sevilla by Liverpool as an Under-18 in 2007. He didn’t really break into the first-team picture at Anfield, spending a considerable amount of time on loan to the likes of Hull City and Derby before a permanent deal to Norwich City in 2011.

He first came to Middlesbrough in a 2013 loan deal before being snapped up permanently from Norwich the following January. Since that initial loan signing for Boro, Ayala has gone on to make 216 appearances, scoring 23 goals and contributing 7 assists.

There was much media noise over interest from Leeds United in the rangy Spaniard as the Whites began to prepare for what turned out to be a 2020/21 campaign in the Premier League. Pundits and reporters alike began to link Ayala with the Whites and discuss the virtues or otherwise of him heading to Elland Road.

As it was, Leeds United and Daniel Ayala went no further that column inches. The Whites are currently embroiled in a battle for former loanee Ben White and have options elsewhere other than him.

Nantwich Town have appointed a new director to its Board as the club hits £13,000 of funds raised to help it survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carl Boulton, managing director of Crewe-based Optimum Pay Group, has joined the club’s Board as the company continues to support the Weaver Stadium outfit.

Mr Boulton’s business will also continue to sponsor the club’s “Optimum Pay” main stand.

It comes as a push to raise £20,000 to help it battle through the lockdown has already helped to raise more than £13,000 in just two weeks.

Dabbers Chairman Jon Gold said: “This is wonderful news on both parts.

“Following the cancellation of last season and the enforced closure of the club due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s no secret, that like many other sports clubs and businesses we have struggled to keep things viable.

“But due to our hard working volunteers, the generosity of our supporters and the wider community and the continued support of our much-valued commercial partners, the future will be exciting.

“We are sincerely grateful to The Optimum Pay Group for their continued support and involvement in the club.

“We are also delighted to welcome Carl to the NTFC Board, as his vast experience in various sectors and passionate enthusiasm for the club, is going to be a valuable asset as we embark on the next stage of our exciting journey.”

Mr Boulton said he was delighted to continue the partnership with Nantwich Town.

“I fell in love with the club when we first relocated our offices to the area and started attending games,” he added.

“Its supporters, the atmosphere and friendliness that emanates from all around the club, is unique and the reason why we initially became involved as sponsors.

“It’s also provided us as a company with great value and awareness as well, which is why we are proud to be continuing our partnership.

“I have met many wonderful people over the time that we have been involved with the club and the work that the dedicated volunteers do on its behalf is unbelievable.

“On a personal note, I am honoured to be joining the board and am looking forward to playing a part and helping the club to move forward, achieve its massive potential and building on the wonderful successes of recent years.”

Now that you have the ex-Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Derby player trains with Nantwich Town, where do you think he’ll end up next? Would you have him at your club?

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