Another player who has had a couple of spells at Cantilever Park is Gerard Kinsella. The tenacious midfielder was a highly-rated youngster at Everton, eventually gaining Football League experience with Plymouth and Fleetwood. After an initial spell with the Yellows, he played at both Hyde and Skelmersdale before returning in February 2016 to help fire the club to the league title.
Central midfielder Ventre proved to be a pivotal member of the title-winning team of 2015/16 and was named the club’s Player of the Year, despite inexplicably missing out on the league’s Team of the Year. The 30-year-old has vast experience in the Irish league, where he played almost 200 games for Sligo Rovers. In England, he has had spells with Accrington, Southport and Telford, and he opened this season with a brace of goals, both from set pieces, in the 2-0 win over Stourbridge.
Gillespie was lauded as somewhat of a coup when he decided to drop from the Conference to sign for Warrington Town in the summer of 2015. He once commanded a fee of £400,000, when he was sold by Cheltenham Town to Colchester in 2008. He scored 25 goals in 98 appearances for Colchester, before moving on to Fleetwood and Bristol Rovers. Gillespie struggled in his early days at the Yellows and then just as he started to find some form, suffered a bad shoulder injury in the 1-0 win at Farsley which kept him out for a large part of the title-winning campaign.
Warrington won the race to sign right winger Harries after he was named Evo-Stik League First Division North Young Player of the Year for his performances at Clitheroe. Good on the ball with a quick turn of speed, Harries adds a genuine threat on the right flank to compliment that of Scott Metcalfe on the other side. The move marked a return to Cheshire for Harries, having previously played for Northwich Victoria.
A rock at the back, McCarten is Warrington’s longest serving player having arrived at the club in 2012. Another former Everton youngster, he captained their Under 18s side and was named Player of the Year in 2009. He made an appearance in the Football League for Accrington while on loan from Everton, before eventually moving on to Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth. A free-kick specialist, McCarten has built on his excellent aerial skills and calmness on the ball with increased authority and leadership, no doubt brought on from his long-standing partnership with former club captain Craig Robinson.