Altrincham boss Phil Parkinson has strengthened his defensive options for next season by snapping up a highly-regarded young centre-back who was targeted by League One Blackpool last season.

Toby Mullarkey became the Altrincham manager’s first new recruit of the close-season when he completed a move from Nantwich Town and signed forms at The J.Davidson Stadium on Wednesday evening. It is a welcome addition to the ranks after Jordan Hulme, Tom Hannigan, John Johnston, Jake Moult and Josh Hancock all agreed to extend their stay at the club, and those who have monitored the giant Nantwich defender’s rapid progress believe it could prove a significant one.

Blackpool scouts kept a close eye on his form in the first half of last season and were so impressed, he was invited to spend a week at Bloomfield Road just before Christmas.

The Seasiders’ move came as no surprise to the 22-year-old Warrington-born defender’s Nantwich boss David Cooke, who said at the time:

“We were more than happy with how Toby performed last season, but I have to say he has come on in leaps and bounds in the past year. We have had a couple of enquiries about him this season, and I am sure he will benefit from his time at Blackpool.”

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