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Bootle have signed former Glossop North End captain Moses Yoak.

The midfielder spent 11 months in his second spell with the Derbyshire club, it was a tough decision to leave, but the right one as the Bootle offer was one he couldn’t refuse.

“Leaving the fans and the club wasn’t easy but from a personal stand point, it came down firstly to challenging myself at a higher level and developing as a footballer, but secondly as a person, putting myself out of my comfort zone.

“Training with the players just showed the quality they possess within the team and also the standard that the team hold of each other which will only bring the best out of me.”

Joining a new club at this time of the season can prove to be a difficult task but Bootles new number 16 is confident about getting off to a good start with The Bucks.

“I know the role the manager has brought me in to do and the trust he has instilled in me and I hope I can repay that in the performances on the pitch to help the team.

“The club is in a great position, just outside the play-off places and we know it’s still a long season to go but on a personal note, I am aligned with the clubs aims which is promotion, either through play-offs or automatic.”

Yoak gained international honours representing England Universities, and knows all about football’s highs and lows.

“The lowest point in my career was dealing with an injury that side lined me for a full season.

That tested my mental capacity to be able to overcome that and be back to enjoying my football again.”

Being a semi-pro means balancing work and football life. “I’ve always played football and balanced it with work commitments and due to doing it for so long, I’ve been able to learn to manage my time much better over the years because at the start my schedule was all over the place but that comes with maturity and holding yourself accountable.

“I am currently working in the Manchester city centre and I drive to training and games which isn’t too bad for myself but it’s part of the parcel of playing football in the non-league.”

It didn’t take long to open his account for his new club, scoring on his debut.

Featured image: Moses Yoak via Twitter/X