Wisbech swoop to bring fans' favourite Fairweather back to Fenland Stadium
Wisbech Town have made their biggest signing of pre-season so far with the recruitment of former fans' favourite Jon Fairweather.
The defender has been at United Counties League side Holbeach United for the last couple of seasons and signs for the Fenmen on the same day that Danny Emmington opted to stay with March Town.
Delighted Wisbech manager Brett Whaley said: "Jonno has absolutely everything we need to help us develop as a side. He's a big character and organiser, and his ability will make us a much stronger defensive unit.
"I don’t need to tell any Wisbech supporter how big this signing is for us."
Fairweather previously made 410 appearances for Wisbech (394 starts, 16 sub),scoring 40 goals.
PREVIOUSLY: Wisbech Town have announced 13 of their squad for the 2021/22 season - but central defender Danny Emmington is not one of those names.
Fenmen manager Brett Whaley had hoped to persuade Emmington to play for the Northern Premier League Midland Division outfit this season and he turned out in a number of end-of-season friendlies.
However, the 26-year-old has opted to stay on at newly-promoted Eastern Counties League Premier Division side March Town, who he captained last season.
The former Yaxley and King's Lynn Town player said: "The lads have worked so hard in the three years I've been here and I cannot wait for us to be the surprise package at Step 5."
Four former March players have committed to Wisbech, however, with goalkeeper Charlie Congreve, left back Tom Mcleish, midfielder Eoin McQuaid and forward Toby Allen signing terms.
Also signing for a second stint at the club is popular right back Aaron Hart and central defenders Ben Richards and Kyle Davison Gordon – all joined last season but were unable to play because of the Covid-19 curtailment.
Last season's keeper Luke Pearson, 2020/21 captain Liam Marshall and impressive midfielder Danny Draper have also committed, along with utility player Jack Keeble, striker Ave Vieira and attacking midfielder Liam Adams.
Manager Brett Whaley said: "Having Ave and Jack fully fit feels like two new signings, and a real boost going into next season. Liam established himself as a big part of the team last season and I’m excited to see how he kicks on again this time round.
"I'm also really pleased to have Danny, Liam and Luke back with us. All three have top attitudes and fit perfectly into everything we’re trying to do.
"Aaron, Kyle and Ben were brought in to help us defensively before lockdown last season, but didn’t get chance to play. They have proved over the end of season games what they’re capable of and I’m sure Kyle and Ben will go on to be as popular as Azza is at the club.
"Toby Allen is one of the most talented lads I’ve worked with and has everything that’s needed to play at this level. His attitude has been spot on since he’s been with us and I’m really looking forward to see what he can achieve with us.
"Eoin McQuaid's fantastic technical ability and creativity was why we identified him early as a player we wanted to sign. He’s fitted in really well and I’m excited to see what he can bring to the team.
"Charlie Congreve is a very good young keeper who is ready for the step up to this level. He is a great shot stopper and talker, who has done really well in the end of season friendlies.
"Tom Mcleish has probably been our stand-out performer over these last few games and I think he’s going to be a massive favourite with the Wisbech supporters. His approach to games and his defensive nature is why we were so keen to bring him in."