WHITCHURCH Alport manager Adam Shillcock has completed his squad strengthening and challenged his players to end the Midlands Premier League season on a high.

The Reds have signed forward Nicky Parker who returns to the club from Market Drayton Town while also swooping to sign goalkeeper Josh Hyde and forward Macauley Taylor from JD Cymru Premier side Newtown.

Shillcock said: "We look ahead now with optimism. 

"We have beaten off stiff competition to get Nicky. He will be a fans' favourite because he leaves everything in the pitch and will give us that extra edge up top. 

"I felt it imperative to provide competition to our No1 Jack Sheward and Josh has the necessary character and quality to provide this while Macauley gives us an extra dimension and quality across the front line with both feet and an eye for goal."

Shillcock also praised Arron Simms after rejecting the overtures of several admiring clubs to remain loyal.


Whitchurch Herald: Adam Shillcock and assistant manager Jayson Starkey.Adam Shillcock and assistant manager Jayson Starkey. Picture by J4cks Photography.

"Failing injury that will pretty much be us settled until the end of the season," said Shillcock. "Our off season recruitment is firmly underway and we know what direction we want to go with our targets."

Despite their hopes for cup silverware being dashed, the Reds' boss insisted the club had 17 games to develop its squad - starting with a trek to Bewdley Town on Saturday.

"We have 17 games to develop a group with a brand and a purpose," said Shillcock. "I want characters who love the football club and are prepared to do anything together to take this club into step four.

"I want us to be their sole focus - dedication to all things Alport . It’s no coincidence what we have done with our recruitment - with the right mentoring and support this group will hit their peak together. 

"I need this group to demonstrate consistency because at times we’ve shown a lack of maturity but this will come with experience and exposure. 

"We must apply second half thinking to everything we do now as there is no time to waste. "