Just a week before the start of the new campaign, Ellison joined the club the way that all players should; following a trial of games which give the player a chance to prove his ability as part of the squad. And following these pre-season games, Young made the decision to sign the defender. Consensus from supporters was positive following the news of his signature, an achievement which shouldn’t be sniffed at considering Ryan was essentially a straight swap for the outgoing, yet popular former captain, Mark Lees.
The former striker, who now plies his trade in defence, shook his head at a deal offered by Oldham in March, who were prepared to lengthen his contract at the club following an injury last season. But the refusal to agree terms with our near neighbours paved the way for Ellison to join the County squad for the 2015-2016 season. Despite a lack of first team football, manager Neil Young had seen enough in pre-season to go against the grain and offer the 18 year old a contract. A lack of first team experience will hopefully be offset by the fact that the youngster will be surrounded by an otherwise ‘elderly’ back 4 for the coming season, with Gareth Roberts and Sean O’Hanlon (combined age of 69) also a part of the defence which will hopefully see a lot of success this season.