Tuesday Jul 9, 2013

Sunday's Non-League Paper carried a feature on Alfreton Town's new central midfield man Tom Shaw who feels the club can aim high despite a return to part-time football.

The full article reads:

"Tom Shaw says Alfreton shouldn't let their part-time status stop them from aiming high.

The Reds are switching from three morning training sessions a week to two evenings in a bid to maximise the potential of their budget.

Boss Nicky Law has brought in experienced Conference operators like Wrexham's Chris Westwood, Michael Wylde and Shaw as Alfreton aim to build on last season's comfortable mid-table finish.

And midfielder Shaw, 26, wants his new team-mates to get in among the full-time big boys.

"If you train properly, and from what I've seen so far the set-up is very professional, then I don't think being part-time is too much of a factor" Shaw said.

"The league is going to be very strong this year because some of the sides that have come up will be tough.

"To get up around the top end will be very difficult but I see no reason why we cannot compete with the squad that is being assembled here.

"Histon did it one year, Southport nearly did it the season before last and last year Dartford surprised a lot of people.

"Alfreton have definitely managed to get some experienced players into the club so I think could be a bit of a dark horse."

The move will also see Shaw return home to his Nottingham roots after two seasons away playing for Cambridge United.

And the former Rushden & Diamonds, Kidderminster Harriers midfield star was immediately sold on Alfreton's ambition.

"It all fell into place" he said. "I'm doing my UEFA B Licence this year so this move gives me the chance to top up my coaching on the side.

"They were one of the first clubs to contact me when I failed to agree a new deal at Cambridge.

"Nicky and the chairman Wayne Bradley sold the club to me straight away.

"I had three or four full-time offers from Conference clubs on the table. But I had a gut feeling about Alfreton from the first time I met the manager.

"It also gives me the opportunity to move back to Nottingham and get settled - plus I think it's going to be a strong team."

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