Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South club Carlton Town`s cup final hero Aaron Hooton has given everyone at the Stoke Lane a boost by signing a new contract ahead of the 2017/18 season.
Hooton had previously been man of the match for Carlton in the Notts County Cup final in 2014/15 when Carlton beat Rainworth Miners Welfare 6-2 at Hucknall Town.
He left The Millers at the end of the 2015/16 season which was a disappointing campaign that saw Les McJannet step down at the end of the season after previously overseeing 4 great years.
Hooton joined Coalville Town and helped them to promotion to the NPL Premier League via the play-offs before returning to Basford United where he had been as a youngster.
Hooton found his chances limited at Greenwich Avenue and returned to Carlton last season in a blaze of glory, scoring 9 goals in eight games, helping pull The Millers out of relegation trouble before a nasty knee injury kept him out for a prolonged period.
Hooton made it clear to anyone that would listen, that he was determined to be fit for the cup final, although few believed that would be realistic.
Realistic it was and the rest is history with The Millers running out 4-1 winners against his previous club Basford, with Hooton scoring a brace and being named the official man of the match by the Notts FA.
Hooton did have other clubs interested in signing him, but met manager Wayne Scott, secretary Paul Shelton and chairman Mick Garton to announce he was staying with the club after an earlier meeting with Scott.
Also committing to Carlton is outstanding young goalkeeper Jack Steggles, who has signed a new contract with the club after talks with Scott.
Steggles, who won the chairman`s award at the end of the 2015/16 season presentation night, came third in the supporters` votes for their player of the year for last season and continues to impress and progress.
Steggles made a fantastic and vital save with his feet in the Nottinghamshire Senior Cup Final at Meadow Lane with the score at 2-1 to Carlton and is a key member of Scott`s side.
Steggles said: “I was pleased to be offered a new contract and happy to accept. It was nice to end the season with the great win at Meadow Lane and I look forward to the new season with the lads and hopefully a better season in the league.”
Steggles was an outfield player when he joined Carlton`s academy but with the help of excellent goalkeeping Coach Kelvin, he has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in the league and senior figures at Stoke Lane are known to be delighted he is set to remain between the sticks for The Millers.