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Evo-Stik League South club Belper Town have announced the signings of Max Thornberry and Dexter Atkinson from the former Ilkeston FC ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Thornberry is an imposing but technically gifted central defender who came through the Ilkeston academy.

Joint-manager Paul Donnelly says that Thornberry is a player that will serve Belper well in the long term: “He’s got a lot of ability on the ball, he may not be one that is in the team week in week out but he will certainly have the chance to prove himself and take his opportunity.”

The Nailers have also added forward Atkinson, who was also previously with Ilkeston before they dissolved and who had been announced as having signed forms for NPL Premier side Coalville Town last week.

Atkinson offers the Nailers a number of options, with his ability to play as a central striker as well as playing as one of the wide men.

The 21-year old has previously played for Europa Point FC in Gibraltar as well as Dunkirk, Stapleford, Clipstone and Sheffield FC.

Donnelly believes that Atkinson has the potential to be one of the fans` favourites this season, thanks to the ability that he offers: “I think the fans are really going to like Dexter, he is extremely quicky, he’s got good feet and he’s a very positive player.

“I’m sure that there are things to work on with him, but he’s the sort of player we want to bring into the club. He’s young and he’s hungry so we think Dexter is one that will excite the fans”.

Dominic Hynes

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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