SALFORD CITY continued their preparations for next season after Sam Madeley and Jay Lynch signed new contracts with the club.

The pair played vital roles in Salford’s title-winning squad last season, and will give managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley a boost in their plans for back-to-back promotions.

Madeley, 25, signed for The Ammies last summer from relegated Droylsden, and scored seven goals in his first 11 games for the club, before going on to finish the season with 20; four behind top goalscorer Gareth Seddon and one ahead of Danny Webber.

Former Manchester United trainee Jay Lynch was signed in early September after being released from Accrington Stanley by mutual consent, but their loss was Salford’s gain as Lynch went on to make himself a contender for player of the season, despite missing a large part.

Four successive clean sheets in his first four games showed Salford fans just what a signing he was, and a fifth followed before Lynch, 22, was victim of a horror shoulder injury during a 2-0 win over Brighouse Town, which kept him out until late January.

His return against Darlington came at a crucial time though, and after keeping The Quakers out he went on to concede just six goals in 13 matches, recording an overall 14 clean sheets which Johnson described as ‘ridiculous’ at this level.

The signatures add to those of Seddon, Gary Stopforth, Steve Howson, and new recruit Stephen O’Halloran last month, with a few more still expected to extend their stay at Moor Lane.

In an interview with Salford City Radio, Johnson said that while he isn’t in a position to reveal Salford’s exact pre-season plans, there are a couple of friendlies ‘that will turn heads’ ahead of the new season which kicks off in August.

By Will Moorcroft

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