Wrens pair join new manager at Shirebrook Town

Rainworth Miners’ Welfare club captain Mark Camm and senior midfield ace Danny Bacon have left the Evo-Stik NPL Division One South club to join neighbours Shirebrook Town’s new manager Julian Watts, as player/assistants in the Northern Counties East League.

Wrens’ boss Kevin Gee explained: “Both will be 33 at the start of next season and, as with all senior professionals nearing the end of their careers, they have to start weighing up their options and where they want to be once their playing career ends.

“Both of them are top professionals in everything they do. But an opportunity had arisen for both of them to go into a coaching and advisory role which would also give them a chance to continue playing for a further season.

“It is too good an opportunity for them to turn down.

“I would like to go on record to thank them both for playing a huge role in the continued development of our club and wish them both every success in their new challenge.

“They will be working with a good chairman who I know personally, and will be two fantastic signings for Shirebrook, even just from a playing perspective, so I wish them both well.”

Shirebrook’s new boss, the 42-year-old Julian Watts, was probably best known as a player for Luton Town.

A defender, he started out with Rotherham United as an apprentice, but after only two years in the first team he moved on to Sheffield Wednesday.

Watts left The Owls four years later, after only 18 League appearances, to play for Leicester City, but this move didn’t work out either and he wore the colours of five more teams before he arrived at Luton on loan in 1999. The move clearly suited Watts as he became a first team regular and made 67 League appearances in two seasons.

At the end of the 2000–2001, he decided to join Australian club Northern Spirit, where he played until 2004, when the club folded.

Now retired from playing in the professional game, he returned to England to set up a business in Worksop.

In September 2010 he was appointed assistant manager of NCEL Premier Division side Maltby Main before joining Shirebrook’s NCEL Division One rival’s Hallam as manager in January 2011.

Watts said: “I’m really happy to be joining a local club that’s on the up, and I have been very impressed with club president James Doody’s vision for Shirebrook over the next five years.”