Altrincham manager Jim Harvey has bolstered the left side of his defence at an opportune moment by signing 26-year old full-back Andy McWilliams from Bradford Park Avenue, subject to FA clearance.

The Altrincham manager has moved swiftly to fill the gap left by on-loan left-back Josh Doherty’s return to his parent club Leyton Orient by snapping up McWilliams in time for Saturday’s Vanarama National League North game against AFC Telford United at The J.Davidson Stadium.

McWilliams, who turns 27 on November 5, is available for the visit of Telford and could even face his former club three days later, when Bradford make the trip to The J.Davidson. In an additional boost to Alty’s hopes of maintaining their recent revival, he is not Cup-tied and will be available for the FA Cup First Round tie at Lincoln City on his 27th birthday.

He was on the bench for the Second Qualifying Round tie with Fylde, but did not appear, as Bradford went out 1-0.

Described as a pacey left-back who can also operate on the left of midfield, McWilliams graduated from York City’s youth system and made 26 first-team appearances before going on to play for Guiseley, Stalybridge, Barrow, Harrogate and Bradford.

He is well known to Harvey, who is confident he will make a favourable impression and help Alty continue an upturn in fortunes that has included a welcome league win at Stalybridge and three straight Cup victories.


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