Town boss ‘excited’ as transition continues with addition of Thomson

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver
Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver

Having added four new players to his squad in the last week, Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver believes this is “just the start” of an “exciting” period for the club.

Attacking midfielder George Thomson became the latest player to sign for the Sulphurites when he arrived on a two-year deal from National League North rivals FC United of Manchester.

He joins fellow new recruits James Belshaw, Josh Falkingham and Jordan Thewlis as a huge turnover in personnel begins.

Town are gearing up for life as a fully professional side in 2017/18, and Weaver is relishing the task of building a new squad of full-time players.

“It’s a very exciting time for us, and this is just the beginning,” he said.

“We’ve tried to get some of our business done early and secure a number of players who we believe will make sure we are competitive in what will be an even harder league next season.

“I’m really happy with the additions we have made, it’s a case of finding good players who are also good characters and obviously there will be more to come.

“The aim is to build a team that the town can be proud of, and I feel that we are on our way to doing that.”

Town’s newest arrival Thomson scored 32 goals in 71 appearances for FC United, and Weaver is expecting more of the same from the 24-year-old.

“George is a player who really stood out when he played against us,” he added.

“I think he’ll be real threat. He’s great on the ball and has that ability to change games in the blink of an eye, which is why we’ve brought him in.

“His goal tally over the last two seasons has been fantastic and I know that a lot of other clubs were interested in him, so we had to act quickly.

“It is a bit of a coup for us, adding him to the group is a massive positive.”

Thomson himself says he cannot wait to get going at Town and is thrilled at the prospect of a return to full-time football.

“I’m really pleased to have joined Harrogate,” he said.

“I met the manager last week and from that first conversation I knew that I wanted to come here.

“A big draw for me was the chance to go back to playing full-time. I’m looking forward to it and I’m sure it will help improve my game.

“You can’t beat the buzz that you get from waking up every morning knowing that you’re going to be playing football.

“Goals are a big part of what I have to offer and obviously I am hoping to contribute plenty.”

Goalkeeper Belshaw will be another key member of Weaver’s new-look side, and the Town boss admitted that he was “buzzing” to capture his signature.

“Belly has kept four clean-sheets in matches against us, and proved a real pain in the backside,” he said of the former Tamworth stopper.

“He’s such a good goalkeeper, he really looks the part.

“I was delighted when we found out he was wanting to go full-time and I’m buzzing that we’ve been able to bring him here.”