Colwyn Bay have signed left winger Astley Mulholland from Glossop North End and he has been cleared to play in Saturday’s away game at Ossett Town if selected.
The 29-year-old has previously been with Altrincham, FC United and Chorley and he links up again with former Glossop team-mates Sam Barnes and Jamie Rainford.
Astley’s brother tragically collapsed and died playing five-a-side football a decade ago when just 19, and last October, after Dan Wilkinson died in similar circumstances playing for Shaw Lane in the Evo-stik Division One South, Astley set up an online petition, supported by Gary Neville among others, asking the FA to install defibrillators at every football ground in the country down to grass-roots and local parks level.
He said at the time: “When I read about Dan Wilkinson it brought it all back and I thought something has to be done.
“Its something you never get over. Kyle was 19 and loved football, he was always playing.
“You don’t expect someone to go and play football and not come home afterwards, yet people are still dying.
“To me the lack of life saving equipment and someone with cardiac arrest training at football grounds is a major downfall in grass-roots and semi-pro football and I’m looking to change that.”
Manager Phil Hadland will be tempted to start with an unchanged side on Saturday following two consecutive victories, although he reported a few tired legs after Tuesday’s game and will wait to see how everyone has recovered.
Ossett Town go into the game looking to reverse a slump that has seen them without a win in four games (three defeats and a draw) and conceding seven goals in their last two games at home to Lancaster (3-1) and away to Bamber Bridge (4-0).
That has seen them drop out of the top five play-off places – although they are only two points behind fifth-placed Colne with two games in hand.
Alex Peterson, ex-Doncaster Rovers and one of the division’s top ten goalscorers this season, is their main danger man up front.
The last time Colwyn Bay played at Ingfield was in the 2010/11 promotion season when they came away with a 3-2 victory thanks to two goals from Jimmy McCarthy and one from Fraser McLaughlin.