Owen Watkinson

Mariners sign ex Blackpool striker…

Marine AFC are pleased to announce the signing of striker Owen Watkinson for the 2021-22 season.

Owen, 20, came through the youth set up at AFC Fylde and Blackpool, with loan spells at Bamber Bridge, Clitheroe (scoring at the MTA in a League Cup tie) and Curzon Ashton.

He signed for Longridge Town last season, scoring twice for the Lancashire side as they knocked Stalybridge Celtic out of last season’s FA Cup at Bower Fold.

Manager Neil Young said:

“Owen is a player we identified when he played against us on loan for Clitheroe around 18 months ago.

We looked at signing him last season but it didn’t materialise, I’m now really pleased that we have managed to do it for the new season.

He completely fits our recruitment profile – strong for his age and wants to run in behind, I believe with confidence and natural development he will be a big plus for us.”

Owen Watkinson said:

“I’m delighted to sign for Marine, a club with a lot of history and I can’t wait to get started for pre season and help get the club challenging for promotion.”

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