Boro stopper White and defender Middleton stay while Ghaichem returns

Winger Jimmy Ghaichem has returned to the club, while keeper Jason White (pictured below) and defender Ben Middleton are staying at Boro
Winger Jimmy Ghaichem has returned to the club, while keeper Jason White (pictured below) and defender Ben Middleton are staying at Boro

Boro boss Rudy Funk has taken his squad numbers up to 16 after retaining the services of keeper Jason White and defender Ben Middleton, while also bringing back winger Jimmy Ghaichem to the club.

Funk believes keeping experienced keeper White at the club was of pararmount importance and he is delighted to have kept him at the club.

Funk said: “Jason was clearly very, very important to us last season and it’s great that he’s staying on at the club.
“We spoke to Jason and he made it very clear that he enjoyed last season and that he wanted to stay with us.

“He has a great pedigree and to have someone of his experience and undoubted ability is a great bonus.

“If you speak to any half decent coach anywhere, they’ll tell you that you should always start with the spine of the team when building up a squad.

“It’s very important to have a solid keeper at the back and we’re lucky to have one in Jason.”

Winger Ghaichem returns for a second spell at the club from Frickley Athletic after playing for Boro in 2011, and boss Funk believes the set-up at the club is more suited to the former Peterborough United and Rushden and Diamonds man now.

Funk added: “Jimmy is a very gifted player, who can pass, dribble, has good feet and good pace. Most players can only dream of having his ability, so it’s great that he’s come back to the club.
“I think the stage is set for Jimmy to shine at the club now. When he was first with us I don’t feel we had the players to get good value out of him, but the way we set-out the team and the way we play will suit him better this time and I think he will be an excellent addition to the side.
“When I spoke to Jimmy, he had only good things to say about the club and the fans and was more than happy to come back.”

Boro have also retained the services of young defender Ben Middleton and the Boro boss is backing him to carry on his improvement next season.

“Ben is a solid young player and he will become one of Scarborough Athletic’s key players over the next few years,” added Funk.

“It was important to keep all our defensive options at the club with Andy Milne leaving, and I’m pleased to have Ben stopping with us.”

Boss Funk has to speak to Liam Shepherd and Mike Atkinson and will then turn his attention to adding upto five new faces to the squad.

He added: “I’ll be speaking to Liam and Mikey shortly and I hope both will be staying with us again next season.

“There are three, four or five players we’re going to be talking to soon as well as we look to add to the squad.”