Leigh is Law’s fourth signing

New Alfreton Town signing Leigh Franks.
New Alfreton Town signing Leigh Franks.

ALFRETON Town’s preparations for the 2011/12 season continue apace with the start of pre-season training on Thursday, June 30.

Alongside the new signings so far will be a handful of trialists who will be hoping to force their way into manager Nicky Law’s plans for the club’s first-ever season in non-league’s top flight.

Law took his number of summer signings to four last week with the capture of central defender Leigh Franks, following his release at the end of a two-year spell as a professional with League One side Huddersfield Town.

Franks, 20, featured regularly in the Terriers’ reserve side as well as having loan spells with Fleetwood Town and Oxford United where he made five appearances.

Law is also understood to be closing in on an experienced but as yet unnamed midfield player.

Meanwhile, the Reds have announced a 23 per cent increase on season ticket sales up to the corresponding time frame as 2010 which is another positive move in the right direction, particularly with six weeks left for supporters to purchase them.

However, fans who have still to take advantage of the discount deadline will have to move smartly as prices rise after today.

Tickets will still be on sale right through July and up to the final deadline of Friday, August 12, which is the day before the big kick-off.

After the discount deadline of June 30, season ticket prices increase from £229 for adults (aged 16 and upwards) to £243; concessions (senior citizens and children aged 15 and under who are non Junior Reds members) will rise from £123 to 140.

Family ticket (two adults and two children aged 15 and under) rises from £584 to £608.

The ten-game match tickets will increase from £110 for adults and £65 concessions to £120 and £70 respectively.

New enquiries as well as regular season tickets holders who have still yet to renew can apply for a 2011/12 season ticket by contacting Lisa Towerzey on (01159) 392090 extension 107.

Young fans can also save on individual admission by joining the Junior Reds club.

Membership for the season is just £5 which admits children 15 and under into each home game for just £2 per match so long as they are accompanied by a full paying adult.

Along with all of the other 23 member clubs, Alfreton Town officials, players and are now eagerly looking forward to the release of the 2011/12 Blue Square Bet Premier Division fixtures which are scheduled to be released on Tuesday, July 5.

The first pre-season fixture is now on the horizon with last season’s League Two champions Chesterfield visiting the Impact Arena on Friday, July 15. Kick-off is 7.45pm.

Alfreton’s full list of pre-season games so far is: Friday, July 15: Chesterfield, home, 7.45pm; Tuesday, 19, Burton Albion, home, 7.45pm; Saturday, 23, Ilkeston FC, away, 3pm;Wednesday, 27m Sheffield United, home, 7.45pm; Sunday, 31, Sheffield Wednesday, home, 2pm; Wednesday, August 3, Matlock Town, away, 7.45pm.