Joel Byrom Signs New Deal
We are delighted to announce that Joel Byrom has signed a new contract for the 2021/22 season.
Byrom joined the club from Stevenage last summer but suffered a groin injury in just his fourth game, which meant he was unable to return to action before the season was cut short.
The experienced midfielder is looking forward to getting back out on the pitch, as he said: “It was an easy decision to re-sign. All the players and staff have been brilliant with me from the minute I signed, and I feel like the club is building something which I want to be a part of.
“The injury was a nightmare, to be honest, I was just starting to feel like I was getting up to speed after missing most of pre-season.
“The recovery has gone well, I was fit to play just as the season ended so I was gutted about that, but it has given me longer to get myself back up to speed and fully ready for pre-season.
“The aim now just has to be to improve again on last season, and on a personal level I want to enjoy my football as part of an ambitious club.”
Adam Lakeland added: “I sat down and spoke with Joel about the upcoming season, and it kind of epitomised what he’s like as a lad.
“He actually felt that he’d kind of let us down a little bit last season, and not really contributed a great deal. I’ve got an incredible amount of time and respect for him for that, because no player wants to get injured, and no player gets injured on purpose.
“I was gutted for him when it happened, we’d obviously brought him in as a big signing and I thought he would really help us improve. Then in his fourth game, he went and got injured, just as he was getting up to speed and starting to show in periods of games how good a player he is.
“We were able to come to an agreement for him to remain with us for next season, it’s an agreement that Joel’s happy with and so are we, and hopefully he can contribute next season as we felt he would this season.
“I’m sure with a full pre-season behind him, and with the support of Gareth Liversedge and the programme that he’ll stick to throughout the offseason, he can show everybody at the club just how good a player he is, so I’m really pleased that we’ve managed to keep hold of him for next season.”