THE Seagulls have brought in young central defender Billy Sass -Davies on a month’s loan from Crewe Alexandra after the news that Dan Collins (top picture) is returning to Australia and will play his final home game against Brighouse Town on Saturday (3pm).
The South African born Collins moved to North Wales from Sydney in 2014 and was with the Wrexham Academy before joining the Bay, initially on loan, last season.
After 34 appearances he has decided to relocate back to Sydney and is flying home next week.
Manager Alan Morgan said: “Dan will be a huge loss. Since I’ve been here he has been tremendous and we are very sorry to see him go, but we wish him all the very best in the future.”
The manager has acted swiftly to bring in 17-year-old Billy Sass-Davies from Crewe on loan as cover and he is expedcted to be in the squad for Saturday’s game against Brighouse.
Billy, described as a well built 6ft centre half, is a second year scholar at the Crewe Academy and has already been on the first team subs bench this season.
Meanwhile, the Seagulls have had agreement from AFC Fylde to extend midfielder Tom McCready’s loan period for a further month with some crucial games coming up in the next few weeks.
That starts with Saturday’s game with Brighouse which could see the Seagulls climb into the top six play-off spots on goal difference if they can win and other results go their way.
Sixth-placed Trafford play Colne (currently three points behind them) in a big game at Shawe View, while Clitheroe (7th) have a tricky away game at Mossley and Tadcaster (8th) are at home to Droylsden (10th).
Fifth-bottom Brighouse have had only one win in their last five games, but that was a 2-0 away win at sixth-placed Trafford and only six teams have won more away games than Brighouse in the Evo-stik North this season.
They also led 3-1 against fourth-placed Bamber Bridge last weekend before conceding two goals in the last 20 minutes, and with recent forward signings Danny Naidole and Connah Judson they are expected to provide a stiff challenge.
The Seagulls again look likely to be without Danny Bartle who is still sidelined after tweaking the medial ligament in his knee, but do have Jamie Rainford back from his loan spell at Droylsden.