Young goalkeeper Rob Peet became the first of Ilkeston FC’s summer signings this week as plans for next season continue to gather pace.
The 20-year-old can name Hull City, Leicester City and Grimsby Town among his former employers, most recently having spent time in the Blue Square Bet North with Hinckley United.
The Robins’ regular keeper from last season, Chris Martin, is believed to be close to signing for Belper Town having not been offered a renewal of his Ilkeston contract, meaning manager Kevin Wilson was keen to fill such a vital gap in the squad quickly.
He said: “Rob has had to contend with some disappointments in his short career but we are offering him the chance to put all that behind him.
“Although we’ve had a number of goalkeepers who have done well for us, it’s a fact that we have used too many people in that position in the past couple of seasons.
“Ideally I would like someone to make that spot their own next season and Rob will get the chance to do that.
“Although he is still at the ‘potential’ stage, I think he has all the attributes to develop into a very good goalkeeper.”
Peet played regularly for Hinckley last season having previously appeared for Grimsby Town’s reserve and youth teams before signing for Hull City.
Peet’s signing gives Wilson the choice of three goalkeepers for next season, with youngsters Ryan Swift and Scott Low also competing for a spot between the sticks.
Wilson added: “It could be that ‘Swifty’ will go out on loan for much of next season to gain as much experience as he can and I’ll be looking for Scott to prove that he really should be our number one.
“It’s a really healthy situation for us as a club to have competition of this type and I’m looking forward to seeing how they respond to the challenge.”
Meanwhile, striker and player/coach Gary Ricketts has committed to the Robins for another year.
Ricketts will turn 38-years-old in the summer but Wilson believes the front man has a lot to offer his side.
“We have to be realistic and accept that at his age, we will need to manage him carefully - although Gary won’t accept that,” he said.
“He still wants to play in every game and has said that he is determined to prove me wrong.
“Gary has looked after himself superbly and knows what we are all about.
“You would have to go a long way to find a non-league club more professionally run than us and the players appreciate that - especially those who have been around a bit with other clubs.”