Alfreton Town sign former Derry City skipper

Cliff Byrne in the colours of Scunthorpe United
Cliff Byrne in the colours of Scunthorpe United

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has signed former Derry City skipper Cliff Byrne on non-contract terms.

Byrne started his youth career at Sunderland in 1999 and was loaned out to Scunthorpe United to gain first-team experience.

He became so vital to the Scunthorpe defence that they approached to sign him and made him a permanent player for the Iron and was named as club captain in 2009.

Having had an injury hit season in 2011/12, he was released and was quickly snapped up by Oldham Athletic.

However, after just a few months, and having scored against his old club, Scunthorpe realised their mistake and took him back on loan.

In 2014, new Derry City manager Roddy Collins, who had previously tried to sign Byrne in his younger days, finally got his man.

Following a successful trial with the League of Ireland club, Byrne had his contract at Oldham terminated by mutual consent and he was free to sign for Derry.

Byrne has appeared at U21s level for the Republic of Ireland, and has a UEFA ‘B’ coaching licence which he gained in 2005.

He had made 21 appearances this season and scored one goal early in the campaign against Drogheda United, but was released in September after suffering an injury that he is only just overcoming.

While, the Reds have extended the loan of central defender Tom Davies from League One club Fleetwood Town until December 13.

Davies will be available for the FA Trophy and Derbyshire Senior Cup competitions during his stay at the Impact Arena.

Left-back Lathaniel Rowe-Turner has been suspended for one game, after picking up his fifth caution of the season in the 3-2 defeat against Dover Athletic on Saturday, and will miss Saturday’s game at Macclesfield Town.