Nailers bring in FIVE new signings

Jordan Ball, pictured after scoring for Belper Town in his first spell at the club, is among five new signings for the Nailers.
Jordan Ball, pictured after scoring for Belper Town in his first spell at the club, is among five new signings for the Nailers.

Belper Town have announced the signings of five new players as boss Charlie Palmer continues to shape his squad for the new season.

Two of them are former players making a return to Christchurch Meadow, with Rueben Wiggins-Thomas and Jordan Ball both set for second spells with the Nailers.

Wiggins-Thomas was a regular scorer for Belper before five seasons away from the club, most recently with Basford United for whom he netted 27 times last season. He has also featured for Carlton Town, Buxton, Hucknall Town and Matlock Town in the past.

Also signing from Basford is defender Josh Thornton who lists Carlton Town and Arnold Town among his former clubs before his two-year spell at Basford ended with a play-off semi-final defeat.

Gresley FC have also provided two of the new signings with John Guy and Jack Langston agreeing to join up with Palmer.

The versatile Guy, joined the Moatmen from Mickleover Sports at the start of the 2013/14 season and played predominantly at left-back and midfield at the Moat Ground.

That was until former boss Gary Ricketts converted him to a striker last season and Guy proceeded to net some important goals to help stave off the threat of relegation.

Langston heads to Belper to renew his partnership with Nailers skipper Eric Graves, both having featured for Gresley in recent seasons.

Langston joined Gresley from Stafford Rangers before departing for Chasetown at the end of the 2013/14 season, only to return to Gresley that summer. He has also played for Rocester.

Ball, meanwhile, has signed having recently spent time with Matlock Town.

The striker played for Belper in2012 when he marked his debut with a goal against Coalville Town having signed on loan from Doncaster Rovers where he had been a prolific scorer for the youth team - later returning to Doncaster to be a scorer against Chesterfield in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie.

Following spells with Halifax, Rainworth MW, Mickleover Sports and Gresley, he even spent time in Sweden with Ange IF before ending last season down the A6 at Matlock.