Nailers’ captain braced for promotion push

Laurie Wilson.
Laurie Wilson.

Belper Town skipper Laurie Wilson says the chance of a promotion push next season persuaded him to re-commit to the club.

The influential midfielder penned terms with the Nailers last week and believes manager Jimmy Albans is building a strong base for the 2015-16 term.

Belper Town v Grantham (orange), manager Jimmy Albans

Belper Town v Grantham (orange), manager Jimmy Albans

Albans has already moved to secure the signatures of Phil Watt, Dan Haystead, Rob Stevenson and Ben Turner with more arrivals to follow.

Wilson, who joined the club at the end of last term from Buxton, says the squad’s strength combined with Albans’ managerial qualities means the club is well placed to push for an automatic return to the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

He told the Belper News: “We’ve got a good group of lads here and we’ve managed to keep a lot of the squad together.

“I’ve played with a few of them in the past and that was a big factor in me committing.

“Jimmy’s worked with me before and he kind of lets me get on with things out on the pitch, which is nice.

“The fact we’re keeping most of the squad from last season will make us strong.

“It was certainly nice to get it done early doors.

“I’d like to think we’re in with a shout for automatic promotion.

“It’s not a league you can take lightly but as I say, the squad’s in place for us to put ourselves into a strong position.”