FARSLEY Celtic have added former Bradford (Park Avenue) and Guiseley goalkeeper Steve Drench to their squad for the 2020/21 season.

The experienced goalkeeper began his career coming through the ranks at then Premier League side Blackburn Rovers. A promising youth player, Drench also played for England's under-17s. He left Rovers for Morecambe permanently in 2006.

Spells at Southport and Cambridge United followed, then he made Nethermoor his home in 2010. In his six years at Guiseley, he made over 200 appearances and enjoyed great success. The goalkeeper was part of Mark Bower's Lions team who gained promoted, through the playoffs, to the National League in 2015.

Drench decided to depart the club the season that Bower did. Although, he would link back up with his ex-boss at Avenue a year later, after a period at Halifax Town. The 34-year-old was a key member in Bradford's 2017/18 National League North playoff finish.

The stopper left Horsfall for Altrincham in early 2019 where, despite not featuring much, he enjoyed another promotion last season. Now, Drench is ready to challenge himself once again and thinks he can make it a hat-trick at the Citadel.

Speaking to Celtic's website, Drench said: "I’ve got to keep the gaffer (Adam Lakeland) and Danny Ellis happy. They ring me up every pre-season, so I’ve finally buckled.

“Seeing Farsley last year, they played Altrincham several times, and were probably one of the few teams in the league that could compete against them to be honest. Altrincham were a very good side and Farsley probably matched them.

“I like the way we play. I know the manager from his time at Blackburn, and he likes to play football which I like to do. I think I’ll fit into the team quite well.

“We’ve got aspirations of getting in the playoffs and potentially going up so it’s something that I was definitely attracted to.”