Bashley busy as they tie down five ahead of Southern League return

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Ross Casey joined Bash in January from Lymington Town (Pic: Steve Ross / @90MinutesMore / ThoseWhiteLines)
Ross Casey joined Bash in January from Lymington Town (Pic: Steve Ross / @90MinutesMore / ThoseWhiteLines)

BASHLEY have continued preparations for their Southern League return by tying down five members of their promotion winning squad, alongside a new addition.

News of a new arrival in the form of defender Sam Davidson was followed by the announcement that Liam Farrugia, Jack Smith, Adam Grange, Sam Jackson and Ross Casey have agreed to stay on for Bashley’s first Southern League season in six years.

Goalkeeper Casey, who joined Bash mid-way through the campaign form neighbours Lymington, will remain with the New Forest outfit next campaign.

The shotstopper has previously been on the books of Winchester City and AFC Totton, whilst spending some time abroad, coaching in Spain.

Also returning is central midfielder Farrugia, who has previously been with Weymouth, AFC Totton, and Poole Town.

Farrugia initially joined Bashley on dual-registration forms with Weymouth back in 2018.

Defensively minded, Farrugia also offers Bash versatility at the back.

Duo Sam Jackson and Adam Grange have had multiple spells with Bash, but both will start next season in Black and Gold.

Left-back Jackson, who joined Bash late into last campaign from Poole Town, also had spells with Weymouth and Dorchester.

Winger Grange is another former Dolphin, after coming through the youth ranks at Portsmouth.

Full-back Smith has also been confirmed as a Bashley player next season.

Alongside the extension of the above trio, Bash have brought in Davidson from Shaftesbury.

Davidson had previously featured for Dorchester Town, Poole Town and Wimborne in the Southern League, as well as a stint with Bashley’s fellow promoted side, Hamworthy United.

Primarily a defender, Davidson had finished the campaign in the Wessex Premier with Shaftesbury after starting the season with Dorchester Town.

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