Reds seal double signing

08-1770-21''Alfreton Town FC''Nicky Law, manager
08-1770-21''Alfreton Town FC''Nicky Law, manager

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has made two more signings and says they are both ones for the not-too-distant future.

The Reds boss has brought in Jack Andrews, who was released from Nottingham Forest’s Academy in May, and Jay McFadzean, brother of former Reds favourite Kyle.

Andrews, 19, is a tall left-sided full back who can also play in midfield and McFadzean, 21, is a midfield player who can play behind the front two and has come highly recommended to the club by brother Kyle.

Both players had trials in the summer with the Reds and have also been out with other clubs but Law feels the time is now right to bring the pair in and develop them.

The Reds boss explained: “They came here in pre-season, but we were not in a position to do anything then because we really needed to nail down 16 or 17 experienced players for the nucleus of the squad.”

Jay McFadzean comes from a real footballing family. Father John was an Alfreton legend with 80 goals from 188 appearances in the 1990’s. Brother Callum is currently starring in Sheffield United’s first team and highly-rated central defender Kyle is one of the first names on the team sheet at Crawley Town.

Manager Law explained: “As with Kyle some years ago, Jay fell out of football somewhat and had a year or so out of the game recently, but I spoke to Kyle about him and he told me that out of the three brothers, Jay is potentially the best of them all. It is now a case of developing him to get him to our level.

“He is a bit of a quiet lad and we just need to instil some confidence and self belief in him.

“We think he has got the same pedigree as his brothers and we all know what happened with Kyle from here.

“Hopefully we can get Jay to a good level of fitness, and then get him out on loan for a month or so, bring him back and look to integrate him into the group where we can hopefully build the player in there and make progress” added Law.

Commenting on Andrews, Law said: “Jack is a tall gangly lad who was a year below Danny Meadows at Forest and we think he can come in and grow into the game as well as Danny has done.

“It is always difficult for Academy lads to adapt to first team football at this level and our squad is tight at the moment so we are probably going to try to get Jack out on loan to develop him and get some men’s football into him so he comes back a bit wiser and more accustomed to the game and then comes into consideration for us.

“It is a bit of a process, but he is certainly one for the future” ended Law.

McFadzean has been given squad number 20 and Andrews will wear number 19.

This Saturday, Alfreton Town close out a tough opening month to the season with a visit to one of the title favourites, big-spending Forest Green Rovers.

Kick-off at the New Lawn in Gloucestershire is 3pm and ATFC Supporters’ Association transport departs at 9am. Seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.