Witton Albion re-sign a popular ex-Luton, Tranmere, Fleetwood, York player in Steve McNulty, as they target a high finish next season.
The experienced footballer, along with defensive teammate Josh Wardle are the latest names to commit to the Northern Premier League Premier Division side for the 2021/22 campaign.
Central defender Steve McNulty, who joined last summer, declared himself delighted after re-signing with Witton Albion for the 2021/22 season.
✍️ Witton Albion are delighted to announce that central defensive duo Josh Wardle and Steve McNulty have both signed new contracts for the 2021/22 season!@PitchingIn_ @NorthernPremLge @NonLeaguePaper @NonLeagueNews @NorthwichNews #WeAreAlbion 🔴⚪ pic.twitter.com/QJ6PKTrxxq
— Witton Albion Football Club (@WittonAlbion) May 7, 2021
The 37-year-old, who has an impressive six promotions under his belt during his career, says he’s confident that Albion can challenge at the top end of the Northern Premier League.
He said: “I’m over the moon to stay to be honest. It was stop-start last season but hopefully everything is sorted now and we can get a season finished in front of the fans.
“We started last season really well and I was confident we could make play-offs, so that is what we will be aiming for next season.”
McNulty says working with his long-term friends at Witton Albion has given him some excellent insight into how they work.
Looking to move into coaching once he hangs up his boots, the defender says their experience is teaching him a great deal and he’s looking forward to learning more over the course of next season.
“Carl (Macauley) and Gary (Martindale) have been great to work with and under,” he added.
“They let me have some input and asked for my opinion on stuff, which is great. I want to help and share my experience with the squad.
“I learnt a lot from them both in that short season and I’m hoping to learn more from them next season as eventually coaching and management is what I want to do one day.”
1990–2003 – Liverpool
2003–2005 – Burscough
2005–2007 – Vauxhall Motors – 55 games (10 goals)
2007–2009 – Barrow – 78 games (12 goals)
2009–2013 – Fleetwood Town – 126 games (5 goals)
2013–2016 – Luton Town – 117 games (2 goals)
2015–2016 → Tranmere Rovers (loan) – 9 games (1 goal)
2016–2019 – Tranmere Rovers – 131 games (3 goals)
2019–2020 – York City – 26 games (0 goals)
2020- Witton Albion
Conference North play-offs: 2008
Conference North play-offs: 2010
Conference Premier: 2011–12
Conference Premier: 2013–14
National League play-offs: 2018
EFL League Two play-offs: 2019
Conference North Player of the Year: 2007–08
Luton Town Player of the Year: 2013–14
PFA Team of the Year: 2014–15 League Two
Josh Wardle says he is pleased to have signed a new contract to remain at Wincham Park for the 2021/22 season.
After the previous two seasons have been cut short due to Covid, the 24-year-old believes Albion have something to settle.
He said: “I’m really pleased to have got the contract agreed and over the line.
“There’s probably some unfinished business at Witton as well given the curtailment of the last two seasons and how close we’ve been to those play-offs.”
The central defender firmly believes Albion can make the step into the top five this time around.
“We’ve got a really good squad at Witton with some real quality,” he added.
“I think bringing in a couple more players to add some more goals will really put us up there in that top three mix I think.
“For the upcoming season, my minimum aim for the team is to get into the play-offs and ultimately, we want to win promotion and I think that’s also reflected in the management staff.
“A good FA Cup run would also be an aim, especially after last year’s disappointment. If we could get into the 1st Round Proper, that would be absolutely massive.”
Fans reacted as Witton Albion re-sign the popular ex-Luton, Tranmere, Fleetwood, York player…
@paulharper82: 2️⃣ big signings these. Very very good ventral defensive partnership, looking forward to getting back to it in pre-season 👍⚽
@ForeverAYellow: Great to see him still going strong, good luck to him and the club
Nathan Phelps: Scored so many wonder goals for a centre-back
Tom Wilson: What a guy Steve is, go get that promotion next season
Ricky Harris: Superb signings, much needed for next season, lets smash it
Paul Timson: Tranmere legend, surprised to see him drop down that low, love for the game is still there
Aidan Edwards: Now this is the content I want to see