NEW Ramsbottom United forward Darren Green admits it was an easy decision to return to the club.

Green and left-sided Matty Atherton joined Mark Fell and Paul Fildes' men yesterday as they prepare for life in the Evo-Stik League Division One North campaign following relegation in May.

For Green it is a second stint at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium after the 27-year-old's brief spell with the Rams in the promotion winning season.

But he is delighted to be back.

"I'm really happy to be signing for Ramsbottom United," he said. "I've known Mark and Paul for a few years now, the way Mark addressed how he wanted to play football here made it a easy decision for me and the goals they want to achieve are the same as mine.

"I've played for Ramsbottom before but it didn't work out due to work commitments, the fan base is excellent and I'm really eager to get started under the management and help Rammy achieve success again."

Fell, who has managed Green in the past, is also pleased to have secured the frontman's signature following on from the captures of strikers Gareth Seddon and Jay Hart.

"We're getting an excellent player," said Fell of Green "He is experienced, technically gifted and importantly a huge will and desire to win.

"I know Darren will give his all for the club and fully expect him to play a major role this season."

Ramsbottom have also swooped to sign the versatile Atherton from Runcorn Linnets.

The 27-year-old is comfortable at left back and left midfielder and leaves North West Counties League Premier Division side Linnets as their record appearance holder.

And joint boss Fildes believes Atherton, who lives in Chorley, can be a key man for the Rams.

"I felt Matty had a lot to offer us," said Fildes. "Although I knew it would be tough to get him to leave Runcorn, the lure of Evo-Stik football and our plans here at the club managed to get the deal over the line. He's in his prime and will become an excellent addition for us."