Tadcaster Albion sign Harrogate Railway duo and Highworth Town goalkeeper

Jordan Armstrong (Caught Light Photography)
Jordan Armstrong (Caught Light Photography)

Billy Miller has snapped up three players to bolster the ranks at Tadcaster Albion.

Harrogate Railway pair Adam Baker and Jordan Armstrong have followed Miller from his old club, while former Highworth Town goalkeeper Gary Stevens was unveiled as a Tad player on Thursday.

The trio met their new teammates last night as Miller held a players meeting with the Albion squad for the first time since joining the club last week.

Miller has confirmed defenders Paddy Miller and Andy Milne have committed to playing for Tad next season, with midfield maestro Liam Ormsby is close to following suit.

The new boss has been dealt a blow, however, with the news striker Carl Stewart is likely to be sidelined until December following his knee operation at the end of the season.

Baker will hope to fill that void after proving to be one of Railway’s shining lights in Evo-Stik First Division North last season, despite an injury-hit campaign. The former Bradford City winger scored 12 times in his first full season at Railway following his release from the Bantams.

In 2013, the youngster was part of the City squad that reached the League Cup and League Two play-off finals – despite not playing at Wembley.

Right-back Armstrong signed for Railway midway through the season after returning from a placement at Spanish team Federico Mayo.

Miller said: “We have spoken to both of them, and along with Matt Heath, they will be great signings for us. Their pedigree is phenomenal.

“Baker was a first year pro at Bradford City and went to Wembley twice, even playing in some of the earlier rounds of that run.

“Jordan was a great find last year and we’re confident he’ll be able to push on.”

Stevens, who was once part of Cardiff City’s academy has recently moved to Yorkshire after a successful season in at Swindon-based Highworth, which saw him keep 26 clean sheets.

On his move, The 26-year-old said: “I was really impressed with the set up at Tadcaster and although I’ve had lots of offers from other clubs, I felt Tadcaster Albion and their ambition is the club I wanted to be involved with”

The goalkeeper was part of the Highworth tram that knocked Taddy out of the FA Vase earlier this year, a match that ended in a mass brawl between players and spectators.

During that fracas, Stevens came to blows with Tad striker Stewart in front of the i2i Stadium’s main clubhouse.

But Miller was unconcerned about the history, insisting there would not be any problems between the pair in the dressing room.

Meanwhile, former Albion boss Paul Marshall has been installed as the new manager at North Yorkshire rivals Pickering Town, replacing ex-Tad striker Tony Hackworth.

Marshall had been offered a director role to remain at Tad following his dismissal. But he turned it down.