KEVIN Wilson added another face to his Ilkeston FC squad this week as preparations for the new season continue.
Further to the acquisition of player-coach Gary Ricketts and four of the club’s academy players, the Robins have signed 18-year-old midfielder Adam Colton after he was released by League One side Huddersfield Town at the end of last season.
Wilson said: “Adam was impressed with the set-up at the New Manor Ground and particularly liked what he heard when we explained what we were trying to do.
“He can see that we are looking to give young players a chance to use the experience they’ve already gained in making a fresh start, and I think he is just the type we’re looking for.”
Colton, who had loan spells last season with Lincoln City and York City, hails from Worksop and worked his way up through the Derby County youth scheme before switching to Huddersfield.
Added the manager: “He’s one for the future who comes highly recommended and we will work with him each day and give him every chance to develop.
“It’s essential, though, that supporters understand that he will need time to ‘bed on’ with us. He’s still a young boy and it’s totally unfair to expect him to come in and immediately start pulling up trees. “
Colton has signed a one-year deal and will immediately link up with Ricketts, Josh Wisdom, Tyrell Waite, Ryan Wilson and Andrew Osei-Siribour in the ranks of professionals.
Ilkeston’s fans will get their first chance to see the skilful young midfielder in action on Saturday, July 2 when Notts County visit the New Manor Ground for a 1pm kick off.
The admission prices for that game will be £5 for adults, £2 concessions and £1 for under-16s.
That match will be the first ever senior game Ilkeston FC will play since being formed, but with pre-season training not officially starting until two days later, the Robins’ line-up looks set to be largely experimental and contain a number of triallists.
And Wilson is keen to state he is in no rush to make more signings until he has found the right players.
He said: “Some of the trialists will be here because we’ve seen them play and we liked what we saw but others are a real unknown quantity.
“We’ll take a look at them and see what we think. But I have no intention of rushing into making new signings. We will take our time and get it right.
“People will need to prove to me that they deserve the chance to wear the Ilkeston FC shirt - and we’ve got high standards.”