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Baker's farewell to Green as he signs for Blues

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

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Leek Town have made their first major signing of the summer in readiness for the new season.

He is Darren Baker, pictured right, who has quit as the manager of Ball Haye Green to join the Blues as first team coach.

Baker replaces Steve Kell, who will be spending most of his time with the newly-formed academy at Harrison Park.

Baker took his first training session with the players on Saturday. He is the son of Neil Baker, assistant manager at League One club Crewe Alexandra.

Darren was a long-time player for Blues reserves and made a handful of appearances for the first team in 1999.

He moved on to Leek CSOB and then had a successful spell at Congleton Town before joining Biddulph Victoria and Ball Haye Green, where he took over the managerial roll from current Blues boss Lee Casswell.

Casswell welcomed back his players on Saturday as they reported for the first session of pre-season training.

Eight of last season's squad were present.

Five were unavailable for differing reasons but they were expected to report back for duty last night (Tuesday).

Casswell also ran the rule over a midfielder and a striker, both of whom it's hoped will sign for the forthcoming season.

In accordance with club policy, the names of players signing will not be released until registration forms have been completed and filed with the league, which can be done from July 1.

Meanwhile, one player who looks to be on the way out of Harrison Park is striker Ben Mills, who rejoined the club towards the end of last season.

It is thought he will be joining rivals Newcastle Town.

Jordan Johnson has linked up with his former club Airbus UK for their Europa League campaign, whilst John Johnston is now with Crewe Alexandra and may well line-up against Blues in the pre-friendly scheduled for July 18.

The squad now has less than two weeks to prepare for their opening pre-season game, which is against another League One side, Port Vale, at Harrison Park on Saturday, July 12.

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