Date of birth: 18/02/1988
Joined town: May 2016
Signed from: Bradford Park Avenue
Simon Ainge joined Town from Yorkshire rivals Bradford Park Avenue in the Summer of 2016, and has made a big impact so far at The CNG Stadium.
Ainge was placed straight into the heart of Town’s defence and has captained the side on multiple occasions, though it was his switch further up the pitch towards the end of the year that really caught the eye.
19 goals since the turn of the year, including four against Alfreton and hat-trick against National League North Winners AFC Fylde saw Ainge finish the season as top-scorer with 24 goals.
The former Bradford City man was even named the league’s Player of the Month in February before committing his future to the club; signing a two-year deal in May.