Alex Troke aiming for league title after Ilkeston Town switch

Midfielder Alex Troke believes Ilkeston Town has the quality to win the league next season.

Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 2:58 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 3:04 pm
Alex Troke, left, says Ilkeston must go for the title this season. Picture by Dan Westwell

The Robins have invested heavily on and off the pitch as they look for promotion out of the Northern Premier League Division One South East.

And Troke, who joined Town after a successful spell at Bedworth United, feels the quality is there to mount a serious title charge this time out.

“As a club we should be looking to win the league, and that is a big thing,” he told the club’s official website. “I havent won a league yet and it's on my wishlist.

“With the players we have and the stuff that is happening at the club we need to be going for the league.”

But Troke, who celebrated promotion with Bedworth in the 2017/18 season, knows it will be far from easy

“It's a tough league and there are a lot of teams who are investing and bringing in good players,” he added.

“It's not like it was 5-6 seasons ago where there were two or three strong teams and the rest are making up the numbers.

“There are five or six teams that could easily win the league this season. We have a great mix of youth and experience and it is about staying consistent.

“I think we should win the league, it puts pressure on us but that is what you want to be a part of.

“Teams will want to play against us and beat us. We have got to be on it, be consistent and work hard for each other and our quality will be above teams in our league.”

The former Notts County scholar admitted it had been a tough decision to make the switch to the New Manor Ground - but a call he knew was the right one to make

He said: “We had good times at Bedworth, the club is ran really well and I haven't got a bad word to say about them.

“They have a good dressing room and work very hard for each other.

“It was a tough switch to make, but for me it was the right switch at the right time.

“I have kept an eye on Ilkeston and what is happening after they dropped as I knew a few of the lads.

“I have seen what the plans are at the club and it was for me. I want to be part of a winning football club, a massive football club and I want to be successful.

“It is not just about being successful next season, the club wants to move up the leagues in the next few years.

“How can you not want to be a part of that? It is a privilege to be asked to join this club. It is a task I am really excited about.

“This club is huge. The fan ase is huge, the ground is great ground and there is potential for it to be massive if it is run in the right way and that looks like it’s happening.

“It's something I want to be a part of. It is exciting times ahead.”