Alfreton Town will be 'having a go' at National League North glory - Willis

Billy Heath wants Alfreton Town to be 'challenging and having a go' at promotion, keeper George Willis has revealed.

Monday, 24th August 2020, 12:00 am
George Willis in action for Boston United.

The summer signing says that manager Heath's ambition was one of the main reasons he joined the Reds after leaving rivals Boston United.

Boss Heath is no stranger to success in the National League North, having won promotion with FC Halifax Town and North Ferriby United, and Willis is hoping to help his manager make it a hat-trick.

"It's one of the main reasons I wanted to sign for Bill," the stopper said.

"He said 'we're going to be challenging and having a go'. He's going to get players in he knows and he knows the league and how to get out of it better than anyone.

"He's been there and done it and someone like that you've got to trust.

"It's a big pulling factor to sign for him and what he's trying to do. Everyone knows it's a tough league and it will be again this year.

"We've been in a few weeks and you can see straight away the respect he gets from everyone immediately, just by how he is on the training pitch and the way he comes across.

"He tells you as it is and you believe him."

Willis has been enjoying being back on the training ground since Town reported back for duty ahead of the 2020-21 campaign and is looking forward to a fruitful campaign.

"I try to take everything as it comes. I've gone to Alfreton to play, Bill's signed me to play. I want to play every game and it give it as best I can and get back to enjoying it," the keeper added.

"You have to enjoy your football and I'm at that stage with Alfreton I'm at a stage I can give everything.

"I hope personally I can give back to him and Alfreton a positive season. I want clean sheets, but I'd hate to put a number on that."

By day Willis is a coach at Sheffield United, and hopes to take the buzz of the Blades' success out onto the pitch next season.

He added: "I've been there in a playing or coaching capacity since I was eight years old and it's all I've ever known, the lows and the highs at Sheffield United.

"To have a season like last year, the club got the rewards from the hard work put in.

"Hopefully, we can do the same and work hard towards being successful.”