ECCLESHILL United captain Aran Basi is glad to welcome the experienced Sam Bradley back to the side, after the former skipper rejoined the club.

Bradley led that fantastic Eagles team who earned promotion to the Toolstation North Counties East League Premier Division in the 2017/18 campaign.

The central defender, who originally signed in 2016, left the club in January last year due to work commitments in Dubai, but is now back and ready to star next season.

Eccleshill, like many clubs, were disappointed not to see the season out, after the Football Association voided steps three to seven of the non-league pyramid.

Despite Lee Elam’s men sitting mid-table in 12th before that decision, they were in the quarter-finals of the NCEL League Cup.

Basi, who thinks Bradley coming back to the club is great news, was confident that his Eccleshill side could have gone all the way.

Asked whether he would have ended the season with a medal, Basi said: “I think so yeah. We had a good squad towards the end. It took a bit of time to build a new team under a new manager but from the turn of the year, it was all bedding in nicely.

“I was disappointed (with the campaign ending). We had some good form at the start of 2020, we only lost two games.

“It is a young squad. We finished 10th last season and we were on course to beating that with those games in hand that we had.

“It depends how far we got in the cup (when evaluating the season). It is hard to judge. If you finish the season with a trophy, then you see it as a success.

“It is good to get Sam (Bradley) in, he has got a lot of experience in that league.

“We want to finish as high as we can (in next season's NCEL Premier Division) and it depends what new recruits we get. It is too early to talk about promotion.”