BRIGHOUSE Town have announced the signing of prolific Silsden striker Laurence Sorhaindo.

It was an up and down 2019/20 season for the Cobbydalers, who ended up in a respectable 10th place in their first campaign in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

One player who was consistent throughout though was Sorhaindo, who netted 12 goals in 22 games for Danny Forrest's side.

And his performances in front of goal did not go unnoticed by Northern Premier League Division One North West side Brig, who have snapped him up to play at this higher level.

Speaking to Brighouse Town TV after the signing was announced, Sorhaindo said: "I can't wait, I'm really excited. I've been looking forward to the step up and been hoping for the call up for a while now.

"I've heard nothing but good things about the club.

"The whole set up at Silsden and the way they like to play football is at a good level anyway so I feel like they've prepared me very well.

"I feel like it's what I need for myself. I need to test myself at this level and see how I can compete."

He added: "Vill Powell (the Brighouse manager) talked to me about the whole set up and how they do things down at Brighouse.

"He also said how much he was an admirer of myself, what plans he had for me and how he thought he could improve me as a player.

"He let me know some of the good attributes that he's seen from me and how I could be useful to the team.

"I just thought I could get in, work hard and prove him right really. I thank him for his trust and faith in me and hopefully I can do the job."

There will be a familiar face in the dressing room for Sorhaindo too, in the shape of new Brighouse captain Kurt Harris.

Sorhaindo explained: "When I was younger, I played for Wyke Wanderers and he played for Hartshead.

"We were big rivals at the time, the top two teams in our league, so it was always a big game when we came up against each other. I'm looking forward to seeing him again after all these years."

The new signing has not been able to get up to too much during this coronavirus-enforced break from football.

He said: "Unfortunately, at the back end of last season, I got quite a bad injury playing for Silsden, so I've just been working with a physio in order to get that right with my rehab, then doing everything I can upper body wise just to keep in shape.

"Now's coming to the time, luckily, as we can start again, that I can start doing more stuff and get out, start doing a bit of cardio and get my match fitness levels back up.

"Hopefully I'll be right as rain when I meet up with the squad."

Asked about his goals for next season, Sorhaindo said: "First and foremost, I just want to get in, meet the lads, start working hard and, as I said, improve my match fitness.

"I've spoken to Vill about my targets personally already and he's given me a rough outline of what he wants from me.

"So I'll take it from there really, I'll look to be an important figure for the team and as I said, hopefully I can do the job.

"But in regards to personal targets, I'm really just looking to get Brighouse as high as we possibly can, and see where we finish at the end of the season.

"Then I'll look at my performance and see where I can improve."

In further good news for Brighouse, Joe Wilkinson has decided to remain at the club for another season, determined to bounce back after a terrible time with injuries last season.