Altrincham striker Jordan Hulme has signed a new deal with the club which will keep him at the J. Davidson Stadium for the next two seasons.
Robin’s fans will have been delighted at the news. With their talismanic striker confirming he will still be with the club, as they return to the National League this season.
Some doubts may have been cast over Hulme’s future had Altrincham not been promoted, however, the striker was quick to quash any speculation.
Commenting about signing a contract extension, the striker said, “It was a no brainer for me, whether we won the play-offs or not.”
Committing his future to the club will come as no surprise. He signed for Altrincham back in 2017, his goals firing them to promotion from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division and earning him the Brandon Hire Step 3/4 Player of the Year.
Speaking at the event, Hulme said, “I feel like I’ve had a good season but I’m helped by great teammates, a great gaffer and a great club”
With some of those teammates and the same manager still at the club, it’s no wonder Hulme is still catching the eye. Having lost out in the play-offs of the 2018-19 season, Altrincham beat Boston this year to get themselves back into the National League.
Let’s look at why he’ll be so key for the Robins next season…
Every striker is almost ultimately judged on the number of goals they score and it’s very hard to argue with Hulme’s record in front of goal.
Last season alone, the striker racked up 19 goals in 45 appearances. Add on to this 13 assists and you’ll begin to see how important a role he plays in this Altrincham team.
Last season is by no means a one off though, his 70 goals in 139 games for the club, has proved he can consistently find the back of the net.
“Great footballer, but as a character, just irreplaceable”. The words of the striker’s former manager Bernard Morley.
Every team needs a character in the dressing room. Someone who brings everyone together.
Speaking after his first season back in 2018, Hulme himself identified the importance of this, “If I can come in and make a team bond then that’s what I’ll try and do because I think that’s a massive part of the game.”
His influence will continue to be of huge importance for the club as they compete back in the National League for the first time since 2016.