ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law has made central defender Greg Young his first signing since the Reds clinched the Blue Square Bet North title.
Law said: “I am delighted with the signing of Greg. At 6ft 3in he will give us plenty of power and he has loads of experience from the level we are now at to bring to the team.
“He was a young kid at Grimsby when I was manager there. I gave him his chance and he did really well. When we first came to Alfreton we brought him in on loan from Halifax Town but just as he got match fit, he was recalled.
“We have been interested in him for quite a while and fair play to him, while I know he didn’t want to drop down a level to join us last season, he has chosen to come to us now when he could have had substantially more money with a club in the division we have just left.”
Doncaster-born Young, 28, began his career with Grimsby Town as a trainee and he went on to make 28 appearances with the Mariners before going out on loan to Northwich Victoria.
Upon his release by Grimsby, Greg joined Halifax Town for three seasons from where he had loan spells with Northwich and Alfreton where he made six appearances at the start of the 2007/08 campaign.
Young joined Altrincham where he made 108 appearances over 19 months before moving to York City in August, 2010. He ended the campaign back on loan at Altrincham for the last two months.
Meanwhile, Alfreton have entered into a partnership with near neighbours Blackwell Miners’ Welfare FC which will see the Reds using the East Midlands Counties League side’s Primrose Hill facilities for daytime training in the week.
The clubs have signed an initial 12-month agreement and Blackwell will be the beneficiaries of having Alfreton’s groundstaff preparing and looking after their playing surface as well as having their other facilities including those of the cricket club developed.
Indeed, Alfreton groundsman Rob Brooks has already begun work to prepare the playing surface to be as near as possible to the highly-rated pitch at the Impact Arena.
Alfreton will also be using other venues throughout the area but will be training Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays at Blackwell who play their home midweek games on a Wednesday evening.
Chairman Wayne Bradley said: “We have been looking to create a venue which is suitable to all parties and Blackwell is perfect for us. There is plenty of potential for development.
“We have been speaking to clubs promoted into the Blue Square Bet Premier Division over recent seasons who have found relegation quicker than they really wanted.
“One of the major factors that affect survival at the top level of the Conference is the fitness and preparation of the players.
“We are in the process of converting from part-time to full-time and the partnership with Blackwell is one step towards our aims of trying to compete on a level playing field with the established clubs in the top flight.”
Blackwell treasurer Steve Harris said: “This is an excellent venture for us both. As well as the pitch being improved, there will also be a couple of 60x40-yard training areas created and the whole outfield area will be utilised and developed with improved facilities and standards.’’