PAUL CLAYTON SIGNS NEW TWO-YEAR CONTRACT
Wednesday May 1, 2013
Alfreton Town's talismanic striker Paul Clayton has handed everyone at the club a massive boost by signing a new two-year contract which will keep him with the Reds until May 2015.
Despite the club recently opting to return to a part-time basis and announcing a playing staff budget cut for the 2013/14 season, Clayton, 28, has firmly tied his colours to the club mast in a fantastic show of loyalty.
Fans favourite Clayton, 28, a former England C international, will now be heading into a seventh successive season with the Reds.
It is a major fillip for manager Nicky law who is busy planning for a third straight Conference Premier Division campaign having seen his side claim a magnificent thirteenth-placed finish last season, the club's highest ever finishing place in the non-league pyramid.
A former Barnsley Academy product who joined the Reds on New Year's Eve in 2007, Clayton's efforts last season also made him a big favourite with his peers at the Impact Arena and he was the proud winner of the 2012/13 season Players' Player of the Season award after finishing the campaign with 21 goals in all competitions, seventeen of which came in the league.
It is fair to say he took time to adjust to the level of football in Alfreton's first season at non league's top flight in 2011/12 where he managed eight league goals, but last season he rose to the challenge and put in a string of top performances with his goal scoring exploits taking him over the hundred mark in all competitions for the club.