Date: Mon 14 Jan 2013

Wingmakers capture experienced defender

Phil Bolland (Getty Images)

Phil Bolland (Getty Images)

Airbus UK Broughton have signed experienced centre-back Phil Bolland from Halifax and are just awaiting International clearance before he completes the move to the Airfield.

The 36 year old from Liverpool, is an experienced centre-back, who played 18 times for Wrexham in the Football League in the 2007/08 season before their relegation to the Conference.

Having started his non-League career with Altrincham, Salford City, Trafford and Knowsley United, he then enjoyed a four-year spell with Southport making over 100 appearances for the club. He then moved to Oxford United for a season, before a four year first-spell with Chester City, making 139 starts.

A short stint at Peterborough United followed, before a second spell at Chester City. He struggled to stake a place in the first-team side at Chester under new manager Bobby Williamson in 2007-08, making just three appearances. He then spent time on trial with Wrexham and it was announced in December 2007 he was no longer part of Chester's plans.

He was then released by Chester in the New Year and quickly agreed terms with Wrexham. He was released by Wrexham in May 2008 following the club's relegation to the Conference and signed for Cambridge United in July, where he would be reunited with former teammates Gary Brabin and Paul Carden, manager and assistant manager of the Conference side. He spent one season at Cambridge, before signing for Barrow AFC, also of the Conference National.

Bolland won the FA Trophy with Barrow in the 2009-10 season and in May 2011, he was offered a new contract by Barrow and became the club captain. He had a further season at Barrow, but was released at the end of the 2011-12 season, having played over 100 league matches for the club. He then joined Droylsden before his short spell with Halifax.

Bolland will wear the number 12 shirt at Airbus and is expected to make his debut against Afan Lido on Tuesday evening, if the clearance is received by the FAW in time.

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