Nicky Law delighted with new additions at Alfreton

Ross Atkins
Ross Atkins

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law declared himself delighted with his latest two new signings ahead of the 2013/14 season.

Goalkeeper Ross Atkins has penned a season long loan from Derby County and experienced central midfielder Tom Shaw became the fifth summer signing when he agreed a two-year deal.

Law said: “We were looking for a keeper after the departure of Phil Barnes. To be fair, there was not a great deal out there (for a permanent deal).

“The other option was to look for a good, long loan deal and Ross certainly fits the bill, particularly in terms of the locality of everything.

“He has had a season-and-a-half at Burton Albion recently and did very well while he was there.”

Law felt it was a good deal for all parties and said Atkins will continue to train with the Championship side during the week and meet up with the Reds on training nights.

Law’s plans to build a squad that is both hungry and experienced took a step forward with the signing of Shaw.

“All of the signings that have come in, Bradley Wood, Michael Wylde, Kristian Ramsey-Dickson, Atkins and Shaw are of a good age that we are looking for,” he said.

“They have still got youth on their side, but have got good experience at this level and yet are still coming into their best footballing years.

“Tom has played well over a hundred Conference Premier Division games. He is another one who probably has his best years in front of him and he is another very good addition.”

Law also thinks that it has been a wise decision to take his time and wait for the right players to bolster what was already a good, proven squad.

He added: “I am really pleased with them and I honestly think we are in front compared to where we were at this stage last season.

“ I think we have got it right. We have kept the best ones from last year, added good quality, and another three or four more signings and we will be OK.”