Boss Law happy with progress

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has declared himself more than happy with the way things are progressing with his new-look squad.

The Reds’ boss announced his third new signing at the end of last week when former Cambridge United captain and England C international defender Michael Wylde penned a one-year deal.

Law has since followed up by signing a proven Conference Premier Division midfield player on a pre-contract and his signing will be confirmed and announced once his deal with his current club ends on June 30.

“I am delighted with the two latest new boys. They are both of a good young age and yet have good experience at the level we are at,” said the long-serving Reds manager.

“We fought off good opposition for both players and they have come to play football. It wasn’t all about finance which is very pleasing and quite refreshing.

“It has been a long pre-season waiting to be able to make signings, but things are evolving well and coming together nicely now.”

Several of last season’s key players have already agreed new deals and with highly-rated former Grimsby Town right back Bradley Wood and ex-Burton Albion utility player Kristian Ramsey-Dickson also moving to the Impact Arena in recent weeks, Law thinks his squad already has a very good core.

“We have a good squad nucleus and strength and we now need to continue to build on the players that we have. There are lots and lots of deals still in the melting pot and I would like to think that we are talking to the right kind of players.

“We are not chasing people because we are desperate for them, I think that can be seen in the calibre of our signings so far.”

One player who won’t be part of Law’s plans for next season is central defender Leigh Franks who has opted not to take up Alfreton’s offer of re-engagement and dropped down a division to join Conference North club Harrogate Town.

The Reds have agreed an undisclosed fee with Harrogate for the services of Franks under the Bosman ruling as the former Huddersfield Town player is under 24 years of age.

Alfreton Town have announced their admission prices for the forthcoming pre-season home games. Adults will be £10 each per game, concessions will be £5 and Junior Reds will be the usual £3 per game.

Meanwhile, the first outing is against npower Championship side Birmingham City on Saturday, July 6 (3pm). This is followed by home games against Burton Albion on Saturday, July 13 (3pm), Walsall on Tuesday, July 16 (7.45pm), and Port Vale on Saturday, July 27.

The league season kicks off on Saturday, August 10.