NCEL: Tadcaster Albion sign ex-Harrogate Town and Middlesbrough midfielder Conor Sellars

Conor Sellars left Worksop Town last week by mutual consent
Conor Sellars left Worksop Town last week by mutual consent

Tadcaster Albion have signed former Harrogate Town player Conor Sellars following the attacking midfielder’s exit from NCEL rivals Worksop Town.

Sellars had been unable to attend training sessions at Worksop and fell out of favour in the first team plans.

Sellars played 14 games for Harrogate Town in the 2013/14 season, scoring twice  (1401284AM2)

Sellars played 14 games for Harrogate Town in the 2013/14 season, scoring twice (1401284AM2)

He left the Tigers by mutual consent earlier this week and has been snapped up by Albion boss Billy Miller ahead of Saturday’s FA Vase visit to Sunderland RCA.

Albion beat Worksop in the FA Vase second round 4-1 earlier this month, but Sellars was not in the visitors squad.

Sellars said: “As soon as I knew I was leaving Worksop Town, I knew straigh-taway that I wanted to join Tadcaster Albion.

“It’s clear for everyone to see that something very special is happening at the club.

“Every time I’ve played against Tadcaster, I’ve always really admired the club and its ethos, and I really want to be a part of that.

“I’ve played alongside Matt Heath and Dan Clayton at Harrogate Town in the past and I’ve also played under Billy Miller whilst on a loan spell at Harrogate Railway, so I know what to expect in terms of the high standards they set.

“I came along to training on Wednesday night and met with the club’s board of directors and the management team, and once again I was impressed with everything I saw. It just feels right and I can’t wait to get started.”

Sellars, who is a coach at Bradford City, learnt his trade with Middlesbrough before going on to play as a full time professional for CF Faõ in Portugal and IF Hottur in Iceland.

The 23-year-old set-piece maestro has also played for Harrogate Town, but has most recently been playing for Worksop Town, where he was last season’s leading goalscorer.

Miller added: “I was very impressed with Conor when I signed him on loan at Harrogate Railway. He’s fantastic at set pieces and link-up play, and he scores and makes goals for fun, so I’m very much looking forward to working with him again.”

Sellars is the son of former Leeds, Blackburn and Newcastle player Scott Sellars, who now works as a coach at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

With Sellars Jnr expected to travel with the squad to Sunderland RCA on Saturday, he will be hoping to emulate the success of his Dad - who in 1993 helped Newcastle United beat Sunderland 1-0 with a glorious over-the-wall free kick.

TAFC Chairman Matt Gore said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome Conor to Tadcaster Albion. He’s an exceptionally talented midfielder who has impressed us every time we’ve seen him play.

“It’s extremely promising that we are able to attract players of Conor’s calibre, especially when he could have gone to a club higher up the footballing pyramid for more money.

“We’re very much looking forward to seeing him in a Taddy shirt.”

Tadcaster Albion take on Sunderland RCA in the FA Vase 3rd round tomorrow.