ALFRETON Town have swooped to sign former Fleetwood Town midfield player Jamie Mullan.
And the Reds made a second important signing of the field his week as Steve Elliott joined them as full-time commercial manager.
Nottingham-borm Mullan (23) is a versatile, pacy winger in the traditional mould who likes to run at defenders and is comfortable on either flank.
Beginning at Notts County, where he had two years under Nicky Law before being picked up by Manchester United as an Academy Scholar aged 14, Mullan had four years at Old Trafford where he played for United’s academy and reserve sides, winning a league title with the latter.
He moved on to Rochdale for a short spell before switching to Northwich Victoria in January 2008 where he won the young player of the year award as he helped them stave off relegation.
Mullan then joined Fleetwood Town in May 2009 where he was a member of the 2009/2010 promotion winning squad and made over 30 appearances for the Cods in the 2010/11 campaign.
Mullan joins Alfreton on a one-year deal and has been allocated squad number 19.
He becomes the seventh new face to arrive at the Impact Arena as the club continue to build for a first ever season in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division.
Meanwhile local businessman Steve Elliott has been unveiled as the club’s new full-time commercial manager.
Somercotes man Steve (55) has a wealth of business experience, having been with Archway Interiors since its foundation in 1981. But he has also followed Alfreton’s fortunes over the same period.
He has many strong sporting links throughout the local community with the company having given sponsorship help to several clubs in the area down the years including ADASC, Selston, Archway 84, South Normanton Athletic and Alfreton Town.
He explained: “With around 30 years’ experience as a local businessman, I would like to think I am a well-known face throughout the area.
“I am going to be working very hard in the local community, and I am looking forward to taking up the reins and giving it my best shot.
“I personally think the club unfortunately lost a bit of momentum since winning the title and it will be one of my tasks initially to forge some local links and to rekindle the awareness and magnitude of what the club has achieved through additional match day advertising.”
Elliott is also looking to boost the awareness of the club through several different business and social ventures, one of which will be to attract more young fans through the gates.
He ended: “There is going to be some great football at the Impact Arena this season and what better way to get youngsters starting to watch football than on their doorstep at an affordable price.
“I welcome all offers of help because at the end of the day we are all singing from the same club hymn sheet.”
One area of significant expansion will be the setting up of a Reds retail outlet within the town centre.
Any local businesses who would like to help support the Reds in this historic first ever season in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division can contact Steve on 079808 71258 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.