Nuneaton Town manager Kevin Wilson has beaten a number of Championship and Football League clubs to capture the signature of highly-rated central defender Jordan Wheatley.
Nuneaton have paid a compensation fee to Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side Ilkeston FC to secure the services of the 18-year-old, who joins on a two-year deal.
Wilson said: “Jordan played for me at Ilkeston and is an intelligent footballer who knows how to read the game.
“He is keen to learn and take information on board so that he keeps improving. He has the desire and hunger that I expect from players and is ambitious too. I want the club to progress and I want the players to progress, and I’m sure Jordan will help us get to where we want to be.
Wheatley turned down several clubs and was keen to sign for Nuneaton. He said: “It’s great to be linking up with the gaffer and Steve Chettle again. They helped me so much at Ilkeston and I know they can help me develop even further.
“It’s true that I’ve turned down other offers and there is a simple reason for that. I need to continue to play regular men’s football and I don’t think I would have got that opportunity elsewhere.
“I wanted to sign for Nuneaton. I watched them at Boston United last season and spoke to a few of the lads and I know it’s a good club. My parents have been to a few games too and also think this is a good move for me”.