Ilkeston FC have completed the signing of goalkeeper Ross Durrant from Nottingham Forest.
Durrant spent time on loan at the New Manor Ground last season before then helping the Robins’ Derbyshire rivals Mickleover Sports escape the relegation zone in the latter stages of the campaign.
The teenager joined Nottingham Forest aged 15 as a scholar and made his debut for their under 21s aged 17 against local rivals Derby County. He would go on to shine in Forest’s under-21 side.
He joined Ilkeston FC on loan in September 2015, making his debut in the away game at Marine FC in what would be his first taste of senior football. He played ten consecutive games for Ilkeston, losing just twice, before being recalled by Nottingham Forest at the end of October.
In March 2016, Ross was sent out on loan again, this time to Mickleover Sports and kept a clean sheet in their 2-0 win against Ilkeston on Easter Monday.
Ross said of his time on loan at the New Manor Ground in the 2015/16 season: “It was a different experience to say the least, in comparison to the football and the facilities, but I was under no illusions of what it would be like. It gave me great experience of what senior football was like and I really enjoyed my time with Ilkeston.
“As soon as I played a couple of games, especially at the New Manor Ground, it was obvious what a good atmosphere there is at this club. It was a really good experience for me and I felt that I grew up and matured a lot in my short time here and I was very thankful for that opportunity.”
On returning to Ilkeston FC, Ross said: “I enjoy the football at this level and that is what’s attracted me back to Ilkeston, I like the atmosphere amongst the team and the staff. I like that aspect, the smaller more intricate clubs where you know everybody, rather than just hearing names but never meeting these people. Here, you speak to the people who run the club and that’s a big thing for me.
“I had offers from higher up the leagues and I considered all of them for a while, but decided that given the reputation Ilkeston has for producing players, its fans and the atmosphere, I knew that this was the place for me, it was a really good fit. It’s a good place to play football, this was the best club for me.”
The news comes on the same day the Robins announced Paul Holland as their new head coach.
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