AIRBUS UK Broughton director of football Andy Preece has moved for six of his former players from ailing Northwich Victoria.

Preece, who moved to The Airfield from the Cheshire outfit at the start of the year, was unwilling to approach any of his ex-charges during the January transfer window as they challenged for a place in the play-offs.

But, since then, Vics have been evicted from home ground and also kicked-out of the Evo Stik Premier League for financial irregularities, leaving the current squad with an uncertain future.

The players arriving at The Airfield are central midfielders Kyle Armstrong, Michael Roddy and Tom Field wingmen Jordan Johnson and Ryan Wade and striker Chris Budris.

Armstrong joined Vics from Skelmersdale United and has also played for Burscough, Southport, York City, Preston North End, Colwyn Bay and Leek Town.

Roddy was at Lincoln City and Bolton Wanderers, but never made a first team appearance and has plied his trade with Anagenisi Deryneia (Cyprus), Witton Albion and Guiseley.

A former Everton youth, Field had a brief spell with TNS but never made a Welsh Premier appearance and has appeared for Leigh RMI in the Conference as well as Vauxhall Motors and Chester.

Johnson joined Vics from AFC Telford United and has also played for Newcastle Town and Chasetown, while Wade is ex-Skelmersdale United, Vauxhall Motors, Burscough, Runcorn Town, Prescot Cables.

Striker Budris moved from Stafford Rangers to Northwich after previous experience with Queen of the South, Alsager Town and Newcastle Town.

Meanwhile, Airbus defender Ryan Edwards - who is a Wales under-23 semi-professional cap - has signed a new two year deal with the club, while Glenn Rule, Tommy Holmes and Craig Whitfield are still under contract for next season.

Discussions are ongoing with the remainder of the current playing staff.


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