Robins sign striker Clarke

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Kevin Wilson continued his attempts to secure important signings this week as Ilkeston FC’s plans for the new season take shape.

Striker Jamie Clarke has joined from Loughborough Dynamo having scored 19 goals in the Evo-Stik Division One South last season, with the player returning to the club where he began his career under Keith Alexander.

And although winger Sam Duncum has opted to sign for Derbyshire rivals Buxton and with striker Francis Green also looking likely to move on, Wilson remains pleased with the progress made so far.

He said: “I’m delighted to have signed Jamie Clarke as he’s a goalscorer and offers something a little bit different to what we already have.

“He’s someone who is perhaps more likely to score tap-ins than spectacular goals but I feel we missed that kind of player last year.

“Sam Duncum was offered a good deal but opted for more money elsewhere and we wish him well. By his own admission he wasn’t quite the player he was in his first spell here.”

One key player the Robins have been unable to tie down so far is midfielder Matt Richards.

The former Derby County man played a key part in Ilkeston’s promotion push and is a man the fans are keen to see put pen to paper.

But Richards has so far kept his options open with regard to where his future lies, and Wilson says he respects that situation.

“Matt wants to move to a higher level but we’ve made him an offer and there’s no pressure on him,” he said.

“He was fantastic for us last season and it would be great to keep him but the decision lies with the player at the moment.”

**Ilkeston FC have announced their ticket prices for the 2012/2013 season.
Ground admission for league matches will increase to £9 for adults, £5 for senior citizens and £1 for those under the age of 16 who are accompanied by an adult.

Season tickets are now on sale and will initially cost £144 for adults and £80 for concessions.
Also available this year will be a family season ticket, covering two adults and two under-16s, at a cost of £336.

Prices of season tickets will rise by ten per cent from Saturday, July 7.