Neil Young has further strengthened his new-look Altrincham squad by welcoming three more new signings to The J.Davidson Stadium.
The recently-appointed Alty boss has snapped up 28-year-old striker Craig Hobson from National league side Chester FC, versatile former Barnsley and Shrewsbury defender Sam Patterson from new league rivals Bradford Park Avenue and tough-tackling centre-back John Cyrus from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division outfit Frickley Athletic.
“Sam has had experience of the league we are playing in next season and, at 22 years old, fits the profile of what we want at the club,” said Young. “Craig will give us experience up front and is a hard-working lad with a fantastic attitude.
“He probably didn’t play as much as he would have liked last season, but there’s no question he has plenty to offer. He’s a grafter who wants to do well, and, at 6`2”, he’ll provide height and strength up front,
“As a target man, he also gets his share of goals, and he’s won a couple of man-of-the-match awards for his performances in FA Cup ties at Chester. It was Steve Burr who signed him for Chester, not me, but I did try to take him on loan at Stockport County last season.
“John is a tough, physical centre-half who has had a number of clubs looking at him, so I’m delighted he has chosen us. He can make the step up, no problem, and I am looking forward to working with him.
“He is still young, in his early 20s, and I am confident he can fulfil his potential as an Alty player.”
Patterson, who is equally comfortable at right-back or as a holding midfielder, started out with Barnsley and signed a one-year contract at Shrewsbury last August, with the option of a second year.
It enabled him to link up again with former Barnsley assistant-boss Micky Mellon, and he made two Johnston`s Paint Trophy appearances, before leaving the Shrews in January and re-joining Bradford Park Avenue for the remainder of the season.
Bustling front-runner Hobson joined Chester from Guiseley AFC two years ago after previously scoring 6 goals in twenty-six appearances for Stockport.
Cyrus forged a reputation as a commanding central defender at Frickley and was voted player of the year twelve months ago after clocking up fifty-one appearances during the season and scoring twice.