Ex-League star is new player/coach

Tim ChannonFirst Team

SEAGULLS boss Phill Hadland has capped a busy week by signing defensive midfielder Anthony Griffith, an experienced player with over 250 appearances in the Football League, from Trafford as a player/coach for next season.

The 30-year-old played mostly with Port Vale, who he helped win promotion from League Two in 2012/13 and was named their Player of the Year in 2010, and has also had spells with Shrewsbury Town, Oxford United, Leyton Orient and Carlisle, as well as non-league stints with Halifax Town, Altrincham, Stafford Rangers and Glossop.

Anthony got an international call-up in  2011 for Montserrat, where his father was born, and was installed as captain for his debut in a World Cup qualifier against Belize, making four appearances in all for his country.

He played 25 games for Glossop last season, including a 2-1 win over the Bay in October, before joining Trafford, who he helped to another 2-1 victory against the Seagulls  last month.

The manager commented: “I am pleased that Anthony will be a player and a coach for us next season and will bring a wealth of experience to the team.”