ALFRETON Town manager Nicky Law has seen all his hard work of the past three weeks pay handsome dividends.
The Reds boss has made his first two signings of the summer and persuaded all of his prized youngsters to sign either new or extended deals with the club.
Law said: "We have not stopped working since the end of last season but I am really happy now with the progress we have made."
Law landed a long-time target, highly-rated former Bury goalkeeper Craig Dootson, after his contract ran out at Hyde United.
Preston-born Dootson (30) began with Bamber Bridge before moving to Leigh RMI for an undisclosed fee and then on to a three-year spell at Stalybridge Celtic from where he was picked up by Bury.
After his release by the Shakers in the summer of 2006, Craig joined Hyde United where he gained the reputation of the best keeper in the Blue Square North. He also represented the British Universities in the World Student Games in 2001.
Then, after Mansfield Town perhaps surprisingly released Anthony Howell, Law swooped to land the striker on a two-year deal following a highly successful loan spell towards the end of last season at the Impact Arena.
The Reds boss is expecting to make two more proven quality signings in the next few days and also has several more irons in the fire as he seeks to put the finishing touches to his squad early.
Closer to home, Law has been extremely busy tying down the core of his talented squad on either new or extended contracts.
The club is delighted to announce that Aden Flint and Anton Brown have both penned new two-year contracts while Kris Bowler and Matt Wilson have each signed new one-year deals.
Tom Curtis and Josh Law have also agreed new one-year deals while goalkeeper Steve Dickinson, right back Simon Marples and central defender Tony Butler are currently considering one-year offers.
Players not offered new terms are striker Danny Davidson, central defenders Paul Ellender and Martin McIntosh, goalkeepers Tom Evans and Kyle Sutcliffe, midfield players Danny Mayman and Ian Ross and striker Ben Muirhead who requires an operation which will sideline him for the next eight months.