United swoop to sign Vickers and Crooks for the new season

Sam Vickers has put pen to paper and signed for Belper United.

The former Belper Town under 18s and reserve team player had a successful season, winning the double with the under 18s last year and also ended playing for Belper Town first team in the last match of the season.

United manager Steve Watson said: ‘He was someone all the coaches and managers wanted to bring to the club. We knew it would be difficult with lots of clubs after his signature, so we are absolutely delighted to have captured him.”

Sam Vickers explained: “I chose United because it’s a local club and I’m still young and gaining experience.

“It’s a step up for me and a new challenge so that will hopefully help me progress as a player.”

Matthew Crooks has also signed from Belper Town reserves. Originally from North London, he has also played in the Ryman League North.

He is a two-footed centre half who played a full season for Belper Town reserves last season.

Assistant manager Paul Postlethwaite added: “That’s two young exciting players all with local connections that have joined the club. We are a club that believes in giving local talent its chance and add that to the squad of players remaining from last year I am sure it will be a good season for us.

“We have lost a couple of players to higher sides and we wish them well, but we are very happy with the replacements and hopefully we will have a couple more to talk about very shortly.”