Alfreton Town have announced the signing of forward Chris Sharp from league rivals Bradford Park Avenue.
Sharp has signed a one-year deal with the Reds and becomes John McDermott’s third summer signing.
Sharp, 30, is the son of former Everton and Scotland striker Graeme and has had spells with Evo-Stik Northern Premier League sides Marine AFC and Colwyn Bay, Welsh Premier outfit The New Saints and National League North AFC Telford United.
He started his career in Wales with Rhyl, before moving on to Bangor City where he scored 33 goals in forty games.
That form secured him a move to The New Saints, where he scored 22 goals in twenty-nine appearances, winning the Welsh Premier title and appearing in the Champions League.
He moved on to Telford, scoring 15 goals in the team’s first season back in the Conference (National League).
Spells at Lincoln City, Hereford United and Stockport County followed before he joined Colwyn Bay in the summer of 2015. He then switched to Marine in December 2015 before joining Bradford PA.
Sharp was the only ever-present for Avenue in league matches last season as he made twenty-five starts and seventeen substitute appearances, netting 5 goals.
The hard-working attacker has only missed one game across all competitions and his 5 goals put him as the joint second-highest scorer for Bradford in 2016/17.
McDermott was delighted to secure Sharp’s services when he spoke to press officer Amar Sharma: “I’m delighted we have secured Chris Sharp for the upcoming season, he is a strong player, clever and works his socks off on the pitch. He can score goals too which is ultimately what we are after.”
“He holds the ball up well and players can play off him, he isn’t just a target man but he can play on the ground too, it’s a great signing once again for us.
“It’s a big boost for the team and the strike partners also, his work rate is excellent and he has goals in him across his career.”
“I spoke to Chris and told him how we wanted to play and what we want to do and within five minutes he wanted to come to us. It was a breath of fresh air to speak to a player who didn’t care about money but simply wanted to come to Alfreton because they know about the football we want to play, he wants to be here and play good football.”
“It’s another excellent signing for us and we are starting to build the squad very strongly now, I’m excited keep securing players and shape the squad to be very competitive in the league and to challenge. I know the fans are ecstatic with our signings and it’s important that we create a buzz amongst our supporters and I know we are doing that”.