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Timms Given Robins Chance

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Goalkeeper Ashley Timms has agreed a deal to join Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division new boys Ilkeston FC.

The 27-year-old has been trialling in pre-season and has impressed sufficiently to become manager Kevin Wilson`s fourth signing of the close season.

The capture of former Manchester City trainee Timms brings to an end Wilson’s summer-long hunt for a quality shot-stopper.

The Robins largely relied on loan players between the sticks last season, with Ben Gathercole, Dan Lowson, Dimitar Evtimov and Lloyd Allinson all figuring.

“We are pleased to have the goalkeeping position sorted because I have always said it is a very important one,” said Wilson.

“Potentially Ash has everything. The only thing he hasn’t really got at the moment is minutes under his belt, but that’s something we can give him in pre-season.

“He has an excellent pedigree football-wise, a real presence and is a ‘keeper who I believe can go from strength to strength.”

Timms has served time in prison in the past, but Wilson is keen to give the player a clean slate.

He said: “Everybody deserves an opportunity to try to rebuild themselves and that’s what Ash has come here to do.

“He’s made some mistakes in the past but hopefully now he has learned from them and is moving his life forward.

“He knows how the club is run – professionally and properly – and that people cannot step out of line.

“We have got a good dressing room atmosphere here and that won’t change.”

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