Marcus Wood has returned to Southport on a permanent basis following his impressive displays during his previous six-month loan spell.

The 21-year-old midfielder made 34 appearances for the Sandgrounders last season before returning to his parent club Bolton in the summer.

He has spent part of this season at Bradford Park Avenue. He was previously at Bolton and played at youth level for Manchester City. Woods has also played at youth level for England, at U18 and U19 respectively.

Manager Liam Watson has this to say on Woods return to the club, “Adding Marcus to the squad is a massive signing for us, especially to get someone like him at his age,” Watson said.

“Everyone knows the performance he put in for us last season and I didn’t think there was any chance he would come back into Non-League football. He has done, and we need to help him like he needs to help us. I’d tip him to have a lot of success higher up the pyramid.”

Southport currently sit 11th in the National League North, 2 points off the play-offs. They next play Altrincham at home in the FA cup fourth qualifying round.