PLAYERS signed contracts, new kits were unveiled and ticket prices announced this week as Ilkeston FC’s plans for their debut season continued.
With just over a fortnight until the club’s first pre-season friendly against Notts County, manager Kevin Wilson has handed professional contracts to four of his successful academy squad as well as bringing back a fans’ favourite.
Tyrell Waite, Andrew Osei-Siribour, Ryan Wilson and Josh Wisdom have all signed full-time deals for next season, whilst 35-year-old striker Gary Ricketts has also agreed a deal to be player-coach at the New Manor Ground.
The Robins boss was delighted to have secured the future of the young quartet as well as Ricketts, in line with his plan to balance youth and experience into his squad.
He said: “They (academy players) all made tremendous progress last season and it is important to get them onto professional forms because they are starting to attract interest from other clubs.
“They are talented boys and it’s entirely up to them how far they want to go in the game. If they set their sights high and keep applying themselves, there’s every chance that they could build a decent career in league football.
“I have no doubts that Gary Ricketts will be a very influential character around the place.
“Ilkeston supporters already know all about his qualities. He’s a committed club-man who still has a lot to offer as a player and also has bags of knowledge and experience to pass onto the youngsters.”
Meanwhile, ticket prices have been announced for the 2011/12 campaign.
Individual match prices are £7 for adults and £4 concessions - the latter covering those over the age of 60 on August 1, 2011, registered disabled or a student aged 16-18 in full-time education with a valid NUS card or proof of education status.
Season tickets will cost £126, whilst under-16s will be able to watch action at the New Manor Ground for just £1 if accompanied by an adult.
Chairman Dave Mantle said: “We have done a lot of research into what other clubs are charging and believe our price structure compares favourably.
“I was particularly keen to make matches as accessible as possible for under-16s and hopefully by operating a kids-for-a-quid scheme for every league game, we can build up a healthy bank of young supporters.”
Season tickets will be available shortly, but not until Ilkeston FC have been officially accepted as members of the Evo-Stik League - which is due to be ratified at the Annual Meeting later this month.