FORMER Bury goalkeeper Cameron Belford is Radcliffe's No.1 for next season.

The Shakers' 2011 promotion-winner has been reunited with Boro boss Lee Fowler who he worked with at Nuneaton Borough.

Belford made 85 appearances in all competitions across six years at Gigg Lane having arrived as a teenager back in 2007.

The 31-year-old has had spells with Tamworth, Wrexham and Stranraer among others and spent time on loan with FC United of Manchester last season.

Belford takes the place of Ollie Martin who has moved to the Red Rebels after being informed by Fowler that he wanted to go in a different direction.

The shot-stopper was among the players to return to some light training with Fowler this week as the club tentatively gets back into the swing of things under coronavirus restrictions.

Boro finished 16th in the NPL Premier Division last season with the campaign cut short by Covid-19.

Fowler is now busy shaping his squad for the new campaign with Belford joined by Jack Shiels in putting pen to paper this week, the defender having most recently been playing college football in the United States.

The news follows the additions of former Wrexham man Curtis Obeng and Airbus striker Andy Owens.

One player leaving the club however is central defender Rick Smith.

Scoring 19 goals in 168 appearances across two spells with the club, Smith has elected to move on to due to work commitments.

He wrote on social media: "My time at Radcliffe has come to a end for now. It’s been a pleasure to play for this club for the last two seasons and get promoted with a group of players and staff that I call mates.

“Thank you to all the fans for their continuous support through the good and the bad times.

"It’s not little old Radcliffe anymore, it’s the Boro. Good Luck to Lee, the players and the staff for next season."

Fowler said the "door will always be open" for Smith.