Alfreton sign four as planning starts

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ALFRETON Town boss Nicky Law has begun his planning for next season by signing four of last season’s squad on new deals and releasing three.

Central defender Darran Kempson has signed a new two-year deal and one-year contracts have been signed by Josh Law, Connor Franklin and Leigh Franks.

Kempson, joined the Reds in late January and instantly became a big hit with Reds players and fans alike with a series of consistently powerful displays.

The vastly experienced 27-year-old was also handed the captain’s armband as he played a major role in helping Alfreton secure their league status.

Attacking midfield playerDaniel Meadows, 19, who was on loan at the Impact Arena for the last five weeks of last season from Nottingham Forest has agreed a two-year deal with the Reds of Alfreton and other new one-year deals have been agreed by Anton Brown and Nathan Arnold.

Players already under contract with Alfreton for the 2012/13 season are Paul Clayton, Jake Moult, Adam Quinn, Anthony Wilson, Matt Wilson, Adie Hawes, Chris Senior and Greg Young.

Utility player Theo Streete has also had an additional one-year option to stay with the Reds exercised by the club.

Law’s squad already looks to have a good foundation to build on and it will hopefully get stronger as last season’s 17-goal top scorer Nathan Jarman is in ongoing negotiations on a new contract.

One very pleasing factor is that Franklin, Law, Brown and Arnold have all agreed to stay with the Reds despite interest from other Blue Square Bet Premier Division clubs.

Released by the Reds are goalkeeper Dan Lowson and winger Jamie Mullan. It is understood that central midfield man Nicky Deverdics, who was on non contract during a short spell at the club at the end of the season, will not be offered new terms.

Reds chairman Wayne Bradley thinks there will be several new faces coming into the club in the summer, somewhere between four and six depending on how successful the club are with their targets.

“We have retained a huge chunk of last season’s squad but it is clearly not complete and new signings are on the horizon as the club are deep into negotiations with a whole host of targets” said Bradley.

“We feel all of our targets are deemed to be additions who will clearly better our squad. This year will be a case of quality instead of quantity.”

Sales up

Meanwhile, Bradley has expressed his delight at the take-up of the club’s early bird season tickets.

“Sales are running in front of this time last year which is obviously very pleasing.”

Fans have until June 30 to snap up early bird season tickets and take advantage of huge savings on admission at the gates throughout the season.

All enquiries with regards to season ticket and Junior Reds application forms should be directed to Lisa Towerzey on 01159 392090 extension 107.

Postal applications can be sent to: ATFC Season Tickets, Impact Marketing and Publicity Limited, Media House, 116-118 Derby Road, Stapleford, Notts, NG9 7AD.

The prices of Alfreton Town Football Club ‘Early Bird’ season tickets for the 2012/2013 campaign which covers 23 home league games are:

Adults (persons aged 16 and over) £289;

Concessions (senior citizens and children aged 15 and under) £194.

Ten Match Tickets Adult £150, Concessions £100.

Prices after June 30, 2012, rise to:

Adults (persons aged 16 and over) £310

Concessions (senior citizens and children aged 15 and under) £206.

Ten Match Tickets Adult £160, Concessions 110.