ASHVILLE FC have confirmed the signing of prolific striker, Mark Madden, from FC Bootle.

The 28-year-old is no stranger to Ashville, having played for the club in a short spell during their first season in the North West Counties Football League.

The forward has also spent time with AFC Liverpool and Maghull before his most recent club, FC Bootle.

Madden has been an Ashville target under the last few management regimes and he opened up about his journey back to the Wallasey-based club. 

“I found a message recently," said Madden. "I first got asked to sign for Ashville in 2018. The legendary Steve Murphy put a lot of faith in me and always wanted me to sign. I always said to him that I hoped I’d be back some day.

“Steve Scott, the current manager, is one of my best mates. He’s helped become the player I am today. When he signed on as manager and spoke to me, I knew this is where I wanted to play. I turned a few clubs down to be here because everything feels right.

"I loved playing here before and it felt like the right time to come back.

 “The club is class. They are everything I am about, close knit and hard working. All the lads have been class with me since I was last here, we always stayed in touch. I think we have a talented group and should be looking to go as high as we possibly can”.

The familiarity with his new manager also has given Madden a great idea of what to expect in the season ahead.

 “The manager, I don’t know what I can say. He will push this club on, he will push for every ounce out of every player. There is a reason I’ve followed him. I’d die for him on the pitch! I think the fans will love him."

Ashville's new signing also had a message for the Villa fans.

He added: “I can’t wait to get going. I’ve seen how you follow the team home and away. I can’t wait to meet you all! I promise to give every ounce I’ve got for the mighty Ashville and for you.

Let’s go as high as we can and make history. I want to make you proud like I’m proud to play for this special team."

Ashville manager, Scott, added: “Mark’s a great lad, my best mate and one hell of a player. He missed a year through injury but once we get him flying again he’ll be a standout player”.