ARAN Basi’s protracted move to Albion Sports from Eccleshill United took nearly a month, but he only ended up lasting a game there.

That is because he left to sign for Northern Counties East League Premier Division title challengers Yorkshire Amateur last week.

In a dramatic end to 2020, the Ammers have become Basi’s fourth club of the season already.

The 27-year-old, who is from Thornbury, explained: “I had to have a small break of 28 days between moving from Eccleshill to Albion (he couldn’t make the move with Sam Bradley at the same time due to NCEL rules).

“It ended up being like another pre-season for me, but I only played about three games in three months (due to the coronavirus pandemic), one for Albion and two for Pontefract Collieries, before going to Ammers.”

While the wait for his move to Albion went on, Northern Premier League North West Division side Pontefract swooped, as he could play for them, given they are not in Eccleshill’s league.

Asked why he ended up choosing Albion over Pontefract, Basi said: “It was just the travelling really.

“There’s a lot more local games in the NCEL and I’m a personal trainer, so it’s hard to commit to leaving work early to go to the North West for away games for example.

“But another one of the main factors was the fact that it’s a real family club at Albion. My little brother Kamron plays there, and so does my best mate Sam Bradley.”

So why did he leave to join Ammers then?

Basi explained: “It was hard to leave, and it’s strange because I’d only ever played for Albion and Eccleshill and now I’ve been at four clubs in the space of a few weeks.

“But Ammers came in for me last week, and when I spoke to the managers Neil (Sibson) and Craig (Ogilvie) about their big plans for the future, it just felt right.

“I’m 27 now and I want to test myself at one the best teams in this league.

“They have an amazing plan at Ammers and that was the big reason why I left Albion.

“We’re due to play Albion on January 2, so there’s already banter flying around from my mates still there.”

The main threat to Ammers’ title challenge appears to be Liversedge, who have won all six of their league games so far.

They are 11 points behind leaders Ammers, but Basi’s new side have played five more games.

Discussing why he thinks Ammers can pip Sedge to the title, Basi said: “It’s going to be a tough race with Liversedge but we’ve got a massive squad here, with two players in each position.

“They’re still in the FA Vase too, so have matches in that, and they’ve only played six times in the league, so with their games in hand, they could end up playing two or three times a week regularly.”