Ambitious North West Counties League Division One club Nelson FC have announced two coup signings in…..
…..experienced strikers Richie Allen and Peter Wright.
Allen was on the books at League Two side Fleetwood Town last season, having previously been a prolific scorer at AFC Fylde during their rise up the leagues, netting sixty-five goals in 101 appearances.
He has a Conference Premier winners` medal with Fleetwood and the 27-year-old also holds a series of goalscoring feats from earlier in his career.
Nelson CEO Dave Edler said: “I hope our supporters will now realise that all good things come to those who wait.
“It may have seemed as if nothing was happening in our search for a quality striker but I can assure you that there has been plenty going on behind the scenes all summer. As I’ve said all along we are only interested in signing players on that are from levels considerably higher than the one we are playing at and Richie certainly ticks all the boxes in this regard.
“Getting players of this quality to sign for a club at Step 6 is not easy and I must commend the efforts of two individuals, who wish to remain annonymous, who have been instrumental in enabling us to secure this deal. I hope it demonstrates still further, if any more proof were needed, that we are determined to do whatever it takes to try and get out of this division this season.”
A quality striker was one of the missing ingredients, but what do they say about buses arriving together?!
Manager Mark Fell also swooped for his second star striker signing in 24 hours after landing Peter Wright.
The 31-year-old makes the switch to Victoria Park after leaving Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side Nantwich Town.
Wright links up with Fell for the second time after being part of the 2006 Chorley side in which Fell was part of Paul Lodge’s management team.
As one of the North West’s top non-League strikers, Wright scored twenty-eight goals last season in the NPL First Division South with Leek Town.
He has also had spells at Halifax Town in the Football League, Southport, Chorley, Burscough, Northwich Victoria, Kendal Town, Mossley, Bamber Bridge and Ashton United, as well as being a graduate of Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers youth academies.
He holds an FA Trophy winners` medal for Burscough and he got both goals as the Linnets beat Yeovil Town on the way to the 2003 FA Trophy Final.
Fell spoke of his admiration for the striker: “Peter is a fine player,” he said. “I’ve known him for a while and got in touch in the off season, but Peter was already committed elsewhere. When he left Nantwich we spoke again and from there it was very straightforward. Not only are we getting a top class striker, but an experienced head that will help guide our young squad.”