Jack Alderdice, Danny Clare, Isaac Kelly and Craig Norman are the latest players to agree returns to Cinderford Town for the 2017/18 season in the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West.
Alderdice was captain of Monmouth Town’s Welsh League Division One title–winning team which has seen many players move on to higher standards.
He joined the club from Goytre United and went on to become the managers` player of the year last season.
He played left-back, right-back, centre midfield and centre-back during the last campaign and whatever position he was selected provided consistent performances for the club.
Clare, Alderdice’s centre-back partner in Monmouth’s Welsh League title-winning team, joined in December from Taffs Well making his Cinderford debut away at Banbury United in a 3-0 defeat.
Manager Paul Michael said: “Danny did so well for us last season and was monumental in the run we went on in February. He showed during that time what a dominant centre back he can be. He also put his body on the line week after week and whilst you can’t get some players off the treatment table Danny got strapped up and went out on one leg for most of the second half of the season, I won’t forget that commitment and I’m looking forward to seeing him fully fit at the start of this season.”
Norman finished the season with 7 goals in all competitions from midfield generally in a team that struggled to score goals, despite only making his full debut scoring the winner in the 1-0 at Kings Langley on February 11th.
This was a more than useful return which he will be hoping to better in a more competitive team, a step below and over a full season.
Michael added: “Craig won’t mind me saying that when he turns up to training the lads give him a bit of stick for the cricket pads he gets away with wearing as shin pads but despite his unorthodox appearance he reads the game so well, makes great runs off the ball which get him so many of his goals and he makes the right decisions in possession. Craig has scored goals all his career, albeit at lower levels, and after a taster last season I’m sure he’ll be looking to do even better next season. He’s a great lad to have around the changing rooms, and when he steps across the whitewash you know you’ll get 100%.”
Kelly spent the back end of last season on loan from Cardiff City making his debut in the 1-0 win at Kings Langley and boasted the best points-to-matches ratio of any Town player last season.
“Isaac is such a talented player with all the physical, technical and behavioural attributes to play higher. We hope to help Isaac with his development & move back up the ladder. For someone so young he made such an impact last season and was so sorely missed when he wasn’t there, for someone on loan he didn’t shirk anything and was one of our most committed players right until the end including playing four games in a week when others had fallen away,” added Michael.
“That gives us eight players from last season’s squad committed for next season.
“I’m going away for a family holiday and hope to speak to more of last season’s squad when I return. We are probably looking at around eleven or twelve returning and adding six or seven. The only players definitely leaving at the moment are Elliot Ford and Miles John. Elliot is returning to Monmouth and we wish him all the very best, while Miles expects to play Southern Premier or higher and we wish him well in his quest”.
— Elliott Ford (@eford11) June 2, 2017