Defensive lynchpin Tom Hannigan and flying winger John Johnston have joined top marksman Jordan Hulme in signing up for Altrincham’s next push for promotion, as Phil Parkinson continues to shape his squad for the 2019-20 campaign.
Hampered by injury in his early days at Alty, Hannigan emerged as a defensive colossus in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League title run-in, and continued in the same vein in the Vanarama National League North last season.
Named player of the season by his manager at AFC Fylde, it came as no surprise when he picked up the same accolade from his Alty teammates and the club’s supporters, after passing a century of appearances for the Robins and maintaining a level of consistency that confirmed him as one of the best defenders in the division.
Johnston’s signature will be welcomed just as much by Alty fans after the way he has lived up to the distinction of being Robins boss Parkinson’s first signing for the club. A livewire, lightning-quick threat on either flank, he is a winger with an eye for the net, as illustrated by a remarkable 20 goals in all competitions in his first season and 14 from 41 league starts in his second.