CROSSFLATTS boss Kevin Gill believes his most important two signings have come off the field.

Now in his second season at the helm, the manager made several key signings but assistant manager Les Cooper and secretary Paul Dean have proved as valuable as anyone.

Crossflatts currently sit second in the Championship after moving from the Wharfedale Triangle to the Bradford Sunday Alliance this season.

They have only dropped three points so far and still have hopes of winning the League Cup, West Riding County FA Sunday Cup and Keighley FA Sunday Cup.

Gill said: “The club is currently on the best run in its history, and although the players are given most of the credit, none of this could be possible if it wasn’t for the work that (assistant manager) Les Cooper and (secretary) Paul Dean do behind the scenes.

"These guys have taken a lot of the stress away from me, so that I can just concentrate on what I am good at."

Gill added: “Les has been a breath of fresh air. He’s got bags of experience and it's good having him around.

"He is a no-nonsense kind of man and he’s good to have around the club. He’s had the respect of the players from the moment he walked into the dressing room.

"He makes my life a lot easier plus he's been there and done it, and you can't buy the experience that he offers.”

Gill went on to praise club secretary Dean, who was one of the founding members of the club and was persuaded by the manager to rejoin the club as secretary in the summer.

He said: “Paul makes sure that all the paperwork and the finances are in order. Without him, there wouldn’t be a club.

"He’s been working hard behind the scenes since the beginning of last season and the club have recently received our FA Charter Standard accreditation, which is a great boost and will only help us grow in the future."

Gill, who took over the management reins from Stevie George in 2016, guided Crossflatts to runners-up spot in the Wharfedale Triangle Premier Division and to the Keighley FA Sunday Cup in his first season at the helm.