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New Witton assistant boss Gary Brabin hopes to play again
FORMER TNS midfielder Gary Brabin will assist Gary Finley in managing Unibond Premier League outfit Witton Albion.
The Welsh Premier duo were appointed today to succeed sacked boss John Davison and both will register as players.
Brabin made 47 Welsh Premier appearances for the Saints but decided to retire from the game on medical advice, following a bout of breathlessness at Connah's Quay in February.
However, he hopes to be given the go-ahead to resume playing within the next few weeks.
Signed by TNS from Conference outfit Chester City in July 2002, Brabin is a former England semi-professional international who made more than 200 Football League appearances for Torquay United, Hull City, Blackpool, Bury and Doncaster Rovers.
After managing Aberystwyth to their most successful season in years, Finley came to TNS at the start of the season as central defensive cover, but was not required to make a Welsh Premier start and turned out for Adie Jones at Colwyn Bay in recent weeks.
Finley made 150 Welsh Premier appearances for Conwy United - where he was a colleague of TNS boss Ken McKenna - and Aberystwyth.
He beat up to 20 candidates for the Wincham Park post, emerging from a short list of four.
Since leaving TNS in the summer, Brabin has been helping out with the Everton youth set-up, while Finley has been assisting TNS Scholarship coaches Martin Pope and Peter Griffiths coaching the TNS Scholarship Youth in order to gain his Uefa 'B' Licence qualification.
Witton chairman Mike Worthington said: "We are all very excited about Gary's appointment. His enthusiasm and determination to succeed impressed the board, and he had clearly done a great deal of homework. Now we can get on with achieving our objective of a play-off place this season."
23 November 2020
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