Denby still unbeaten in top flight

Sam Duncum has put pen to paper and signed for Belper Town, with more arrivals in the pipeline in the near future, according to Nailers’ assistant manager Mick Godber.

Duncum has joined from Buxton and previously played in the Football League for Rotherham United. He also appeared for Ilkeston FC in more recent times.

Godber says that he and Nailers’ manager Peter Duffield are delighted to have a player’s of Duncum’s ability on board.

He explained: “Sam is a proper old fashioned winger, the type of player that’s a little different to what we’ve got.

“He’s quick, very direct, likes to run at players, he’s gets good crosses in and we’re delighted to have him here,

“He dropped down a league and took a pay cut to come here, so that says a lot about how much he wants to play for the club, but he likes the look of the pitch, the club and the way that we play football, so it’s good to have him here.

“He’s certainly a good signing for us.

“We score a lot of goals here and he can play a part in adding to that.

“With him Chris Adam, Colin Marrison, Simon Harrison etc, we’ve got some competition for places out wide.

“We are hoping we are going to be up there at the end of next season and Sam wants to be a part of that.”

The Nailers have also been boosted after key players Jon Froggatt and Steve Warne agreed to stay on at Christchurch Meadow.

Godber explained: “We took up the option on their contracts and I don’t really think there was ever any question that that wouldn’t happen.

“Jon is a quality player and with him being out injured for first half of last season, it was a big blow.

“If you look back at the start of last season, we drew seven of the first eight games and were bottom of the league at one stage, but Jon is the sort of player who could have turned those draws into wins and that could have made all the difference.”

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We have to keep him fit, and get 40-odd games out of him and hopefully he’ll get 30 goals because he makes a big difference to us and he’s a really good player.

“Steve Warne is probably one of those players that people don’t always recognise or notice for what he’s doing each game, but when he’s not there, you know it.

“A good example of that is the play-off semi-final. We were 2-0 up and looking good but he got injured and had to go off and we fell apart after that.

“He runs the engine room in that midfield, he’s a good player, a great lad and very popular in the changing room.”

Three players who won’t be involved with the Nailers next season are Daryll Thomas, Greg Wright and Eric Graves, for different reasons.

Mick Godber added: “Greg and Daryll have said they’re having a season out of football because of other commitments and that’s fair enough, so they’ve left and we wish them well.

“Eric we thought would be staying but he’s now told us he’s moving to Gresley FC.

“We can’t say too much at the moment but it’s fair to say there should be four or five signings lined up for the near future, plus we’ll get a couple of triallists in, so there’s certainly a few players in the frame that we are interested in bringing in, a little bit further down the line.”