Neil Young has made his second signing as manager of Altrincham after snapping up goalkeeper Andrew Dawber from Fulham’s under-21 squad.
The Wigan-born 21-year old put pen-to-paper following talks with Young and arrives at The J.Davidson Stadium with some pedigree after being on Manchester United’s radar during the 2012/13 season.
After working his way through the ranks at Accrington Stanley, Dawber was closely monitored by United and frequently invited to train at their Carrington complex under the watchful eye of goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.
Prior to his United experience, Dawber progressed through Accrington’s Centre of Excellence before joining their Academy in 2011 and making his senior debut in a Football League Trophy tie in September 2012 that ended in a 2-0 defeat against Morecambe.
Despite the scoreline, Dawber was voted man of the match for a string of outstanding saves that denied Morecambe a more emphatic victory margin.
On leaving Accrington at the end of the 2014/15 season, after six senior appearances, Dawber joined Fulham on a one-year deal and had a loan spell at Aldershot Town, as well as playing for the Craven Cottage outfit’s under-21 team.
Reflecting on his latest capture, Young said: “Andrew is someone I tried to sign for Stockport County last year, but he went to Fulham instead, so I’m delighted to have got him at the second attempt.
“He fits the profile of player we believe can take Altrincham forward, and hopefully he will develop as expected and be a fantastic goalkeeper for this football club. His age reflects our thinking in the way we want to build things here. Talks have taken place with a number of other targets and will continue.”