AFC Fylde ‘plus two’!


AFC Fylde have boosted in key areas with the double signing of Goalkeeper James Montgomery and utility player James Craigen.

The duo become the Coasters 8th and 9th signings of the summer, following on from most business conducted back in May.

Montgomery, 25, joins the Coasters from Forest Green Rovers, who he joined last summer from Gateshead.

He made 25 appearances for Rovers in all competitions last year, a number which would have been more if not for a freak injury that kept him sidelined.

Coasters boss Dave Challinor is chuffed to have got him man however, and admits he’s been a fan for a while.

“He’s been one on our list for three years really, but once someone moves up into the Football League, you know it will be tough to pull it off,” said Challinor.

“Ultimately we needed to replace one very good keeper with another very good keeper – and we’ve done that.”

Craigen, 28, joins Fylde following his departure from Dunfermline – where he made 48 appearances in his time at the club.

His experience in Scottish football started at Partick Thistle, where he made 65 appearances in the Scottish Premiership, before moves to Raith Rovers and Falkirk.

After a successful trial at the club which saw him feature in all pre-season fixtures so far, Challinor was delighted to bring him in.

“James is one who has been off the radar a little bit up in Scotland, but being from Preston originally, he wanted to get back down here,” he said.

“His big thing for us is his versatility,” he continues.  “Although he can play as a holding midfielder, he played as a full-back last year, and that gives us great options.”