New signing Nathan Arnold spoke to Altrincham press and media officer John Edwards after putting pen to paper at The J.Davidson Stadium on Sunday evening. Not surprisingly, he spoke of his admiration for Alty’s managerial duo of Phil Parkinson and Neil Sorvel and likened them to the Cowley brothers, Danny and Nicky, from his spectacularly successful spell with Lincoln City. Perhaps surprisingly, he also revealed he is a fan of Radio Robins and Alty TV! Here is the interview.
Q: Welcome to Altrincham, Nathan, what are your early impressions of the club and the people you have met so far?
A: I’m just really excited to be here. It’s a fantastic club, Altrincham. It has all happened pretty quickly. Over the past couple of weeks, I have spoken to Phil, the gaffer, and that was all I needed. It was really important that my next move was the right fit, and I feel this is the perfect fit. Getting the opportunity to join this fantastic club and be part of what everyone here wants to achieve next season is exactly what I was looking for. Altrincham had a fantastic season last year, and hopefully we are going to be challenging again, so I’m just really excited and can’t wait to get going.
Q: There was an interview with you on the National League website a couple of weeks ago, where you made it clear you were ready to relaunch your career after leaving Boston United six months ago. Was it a case of Phil being the first to react?
A: What it was, if I’m honest, was a case of me sort of cherry-picking a few clubs I would be interested in playing for. I looked at Altrincham and watched a lot of their games last season. Not in person, but on Alty TV. I know all about Radio Robins. I know all the voices by now, I watched that many games and listened to the commentaries. It sounded a fantastic atmosphere against Blyth in the play-offs. That really came across – what a fantastic night. I have played against Alty numerous times as well, and every time I have been up against one of Phil’s teams, they have been well drilled and hard to play against, and they have been very football-orientated, getting the ball down on the deck and building from the back. I felt that would complement me and my style, so when I got the call, I very quickly decided this was where I wanted to be. I’m a people person, and as soon as I met Phil, there was an instant connection. I know from experience how important that is, having that understanding with each other, and I felt we really hit the ground running. That means a lot to me, being in the right place and playing for someone who can get the best out of me.
Q: It sounds like it was always in your mind to get back playing again, if you watched that many games during the course of the season?
A: It was. There is a lot of footage out there, and I did due diligence, if you like, when I was looking at coming back and deciding who with. I’d been out of the game a little while, but I was still close to the fire and wanted to keep up with what was happening and who was doing what. Alty TV and Radio Robins was a great way of keeping tabs on Alty’s progress and how they were playing. Football is in my veins. I welcomed the break after leaving Boston, because I needed to recharge. I played a lot of games over four or five seasons and wanted a break, mentally and physically. Having had that, I feel a better person for it, and as a consequence, I will be a better player. I know that, and I can’t wait to prove it. The challenge is to get back to the levels I’m capable of. At 31, there is still a lot of life left in me as a footballer. I’ve had a lot of offers at all kinds of levels, but it was important to settle on a club where it would be competitive and a challenge for me. Ultimately, that is going to inspire me to find my best form, and I know that if I’m in the right environment, the club will have a good Nathan Arnold on their hands. I know, from speaking to Phil, there is an alignment there, and I’m really excited.