Jake Moult and Josh Hancock were big players for Altrincham last season, and their sights are now set on doing the same again after putting pen to paper and becoming the latest members of Phil Parkinson’s squad for the 2019-20 campaign.
The club say no-one epitomises the leading-by-example brand of captaincy more than Moult, who was a pivotal figure in Alty reaching the promotion play-offs, as he once more drove his team-mates on from the midfield anchor role he fills as well as anyone in the Vanarama National League North.
Signed on an initial 93-day loan from Alfreton Town in 2012, the combative midfielder soon made it clear he was intent on a much longer stay, with a string of sterling performances that quickly led to a permanent deal being agreed.
Seven years on, he continues to go from strength to strength, with a total of 49 appearances in league and cup last season meaning he has played a remarkable 336 games in Alty colours.
Hancock followed manager Phil Parkinson from Nantwich to Alty and has proved a truly inspired signing, as an attacking midfielder with a penchant for goalscoring.
He scored 20 goals and provided eight assists in 46 league and cup appearances last season, it is a significant breakthrough for Alty boss Parkinson that both Hancock and Moult have been added to Jordan Hulme, Tom Hannigan and John Johnston on the list of players signed up for next season.