Striker Clayton signs new deal

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ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law has been boosted by the news that striker Paul Clayton has agreed a one-year extension to his existing contract with the Reds.

The new deal will keep the talismanic Clayton, 26, at the Impact Arena until the end of the 2012/13 campaign.

He has proved to be one of Law’s most important signings with his consistently powerful front running displays seeing him notch 66 goals over the last three seasons, 73 in total from 160 appearances for the Reds since joining from Gainsborough Trinity on December 31 in 2008.

Clayton hit 20 goals last season including a sensational hat-trick in Alfreton’s 6-3 FA Trophy extra-time second round replay victory at Cambridge United.

He was also the leading scorer for the club the two previous seasons, netting 20 in 2009/10 to jointly claim the award with Liam Hearn, but he was out on his own with a tally of 26 in 2008/09.

Meanwhile, Law and top scorer Hearn both received top awards at the Football Conference presentation evening last Saturday.

Law was presented with the manager of the season award for the Blue Square Bet North division while Hearn picked up both the top scorer and player of the season for the Blue Square Bet North division.

And Alfreton also had four players named in the Blue Square Bet North team of the season - selected by votes from all clubs in the division.

The Reds had Josh Law, Connor Franklin, Aden Flint and Liam Hearn all named in the 11.

The full team of the season is: Ryan Young (AFC Telford Utd), Josh Law (Alfreton), Connor Franklin (Alfreton), Shane Killock (AFC Telford Utd), Aden Flint (Alfreton), Greg Mills (AFC Telford Utd), Lee Stevenson (Eastwood Town), Sean Newton (AFC Telford Utd), Paul Brayson (Blyth Spartans), Liam Hearn (Alfreton), James Walshaw (Guiseley)

The Programme of the Season award went to AFC Telford Utd.

Meanwhile, Alfreton supporters are reminded that the season ticket deadline of June 30 is just a fortnight away.

Fans intending to collect their tickets from the Impact Arena over the next ten days are advised to contact the club first on 01773 830277 to arrange a collection time due to staff holidays affecting stadium opening times.

Season tickets can be ordered by contacting Liza Towerzey on 0115 939 2090, extension 107.