Whitchurch Alport’s first summer signing Ben Mills says he can’t wait to get started for the Hallmark Security First Division side.
The former Macclesfield and Chester forward has chosen to ply his trade for the 2017/18 season at Yockings Park after being impressed with the setup and the way the club is going.
He explained how the move came about: “I phone Carl Everall at the end of last season, just before the club’s playoff push and I said I’m hearing a lot of good things about Whitchurch, the fans and the project.
“I really wanted to get involved with the club and he was really excited, got a little bit giddy on the phone.
“I went down to training a few times at the back of end last season as well as watching some of the games and then met up with the managers at the ground and was told what they wanted and I agreed that I would initially play and then get involved with the coaching side of things.”
The Stoke-on-Trent man went on to tell the club’s YouTube account: “I went to training first and from what Carl said, it was a young team and they listened and I like the way they approached the lads and their management style.
“They talk a lot of sense and you can tell they have had a good football upbringing. You could tell the lads were hungry and there was a good team spirit.
“Then I went to watch the game against Prestwich Hayes, travelled up there and was impressed, then I watched the City of Liverpool game before meeting Carl down at the ground with Luke. Carl explained the progress they have had in the last 18 months around the ground and that attracted me to the club.”
Over the last few years Mills has drifted in and out of teams and many people have wondered if he was committed to the beautiful game.
However, he explains why his work life has got in the way of the game.
He said: “I’ve had offers and people ringing asking what am I doing next year and stuff, but people have come to the conclusion that my commitment has been intermittent in the last few years.
“I set my own company up (Bee Active) and that has been the main focus and has been doing well.
“So I can look more at the weekends to do what I want to do and I was missing the football especially when it was coming towards the end of the season and towards the promotion push, playoff and final, you miss the glory and the hard work that goes into it.”