Marine AFC are delighted to confirm that striker Mo Touray has signed a contract to join the club for the 2022-23 season.
Mo, 22, was previously with the club in the 2020-21 season on loan from Salford City, where he played a key role in the FA Cup run to the Third Round Proper v Tottenham Hotspur.
He becomes Neil Young’s first summer signing to date and will join the club formally on July 1st following the expiry of his contract with Salford City.
Manager Neil Young said:
As everyone will be aware some players have moved on recently.
For me it’s the hardest part of the job letting good people who have done well for you leave the football club but I suppose that is the industry we are in.
I’m absolutely delighted that Mo has returned to the club.
I have kept in touch with him since his very successful loan period at the club and once it was clear he was leaving Salford, although there was a lot of interest from other clubs it was clear he wanted to join Marine.
I know he is coming with a clear determination to carry on where he left off last time and i get the feeling he has a real point to prove which is only good for us.”
Mo Touray Q&A:
Welcome back to Marine, Mo!
You were at the club on loan during the famous FA Cup run last season. What are your memories of that?
My memories of the Fa Cup run last season was one of the highlights of my career so far. Being an 8th tier team beating the likes of Chester, Colchester, Havant was special. The team we had and the support we had from the fans pushed us through.
You’ve played in the Football League for Salford and National League for Bath – how do you think the standard in the NPL Premier Division will compare?
The standards of players now in every league is rising. There won’t be much difference between the divisions from the National League North/ South to National League Premier. I feel like every league is difficult and that’s what’s exciting about football.
It’s fair to say you were a fans favourite when you were here previously – can you give an insight in to deciding to rejoin Marine this summer?
The season I had last year was very difficult. I felt like after the disappointment with not being able to play in the FA Cup v Spurs killed my confidence. I’ve always felt like my time at Marine wasn’t over because of that missed opportunity. The fans showed me great support, messaging me wishing me luck so I’ve always felt like the connection I’ve had with them was special.
Marine were of course promoted through the playoffs from the NPL West – what do you think the club’s ambitions should be in the higher division?
I think the club’s ambition for this season should be fighting from the very beginning to stay in and around the top of the table. You can see the team spirit from last season’s plays offs so I’m confident that we’ll carry it in to the new season!
Finally Marine’s gates increased to more than 1100 last season – what would be your message to the fans?
My message to the fans would simply be “See you sooonnnn!”