Altrincham has gone on to boost their squad even more by signing Conor Branson from Bradford.
It’s been reported that Phil Parkinson has significantly strengthened his squad for another promotion push next season, as he has won a three-way battle for the midfielder. He was apparently signed for an undisclosed fee and it understood that a National League North team and a top tier National League team, were beaten in the race to sign the 27-year-old.
Branson landed 12 goals last season for Bradford which will excite Alty fans and they will want to see him progress with them next season. The midfielder has said in regard to his move, “Stockport won the title and Chorley went up via the play off’s, but, for me, Alty were the best footballing side in the league last season.” He has also stated that he was flattered to have so much interest from other clubs.
A crowd favourite at Altrincham was James Poole, and it was a big blow when he revealed he was heading to Australia to take up a Melbourne-based coaching opportunity that would be with Manchester City. Fans and members of the club, including Parkinson himself were all gutted to see Poole leave but wanted what was best for him. Now Parkinson has made such a good signing, that will hopefully make up for the departure of one of their main men.
In my opinion, 12 goals for a defender is pretty impressive and with Alty finishing 5th last season, they will want to aim to finish higher and go for promotion. So a goal scorer of any kind will be a boost and step in the right direction.