MARC Goodfellow will stay at Gresley after signing a new one-year contract at the Moat Ground.
The 30-year-old former Burton Albion winger, left, turned down other offers to remain at the club following promotion to the Evo-Stik League.
Moat boss Gary Norton is delighted the final member of his Midland Alliance title-winning squad has put pen to paper and he hopes for even more from him this season.
“It’s brilliant news for the club with the pedigree he’s got and the fact he’s still only 30,” said Norton.
“Like a lot of the lads, he had interest from other clubs but has decided to stay.
“Now, we really want to push him and get the most out of him.
“At times he was unplayable last season, but he can then be a little bit frustrating.”
Norton — joint manager of the club with Martin Rowe — is pleased he has kept all his squad from last season.
Midfielder Danny Holmes is the only one unlikely to feature much due to his work commitments at Derby County’s academy.
“Danny Holmes apart, who has signed but won’t be available often, they’ve all signed,” said Norton.
“All will get their opportunity and we’ve got real strength in depth.
“The numbers will sort themselves out.”
Norton and Rowe face a battle to keep the whole squad content — but it is a problem they are looking forward to tackling.
“It’s a task to keep everyone happy,” said Norton. “But it’s a great problem for Martin and I to have.
“I recall for the first two months last season we struggled with unavailability.
“So, to have that strength in depth, at least we know we’re covered for the most part.”
Winger Lavell White, currently on trial with the Moatmen, is considering an offer to sign after being recommended by midfielder Jon Jepson.
Gresley visit Shepshed Dynamo’s Dovecote ground tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, as they continued their preparations for a return to the Evo-Stik League.
A full first-team squad will be in contention for a starting place.
A friendly against Stapenhill, scheduled for last Tuesday evening, has been rearranged for Tuesday, August 14, kick-off 7.30pm.
“We were due to play Stapenhill on Tuesday and they were due to play in the Steve Hackett Memorial Trophy,” said Norton.
“We wanted to sent a strong side as I know Woody (Stapenhill manager Mick Wood) well and I didn’t want to disrespect the club by sending a reserve side.
“Hopefully they’ll get a good gate for this friendly, even though the kid gloves will be on four days ahead of the season starting.”
Fightback lands the Joe McGorian Memorial Cup
GRESLEY won the Joe McGorian Memorial Cup as they came from a goal down to defeat Loughborough University 3-1 on Tuesday night.
This annual pre-season competition, this year to raise money for the Midland Air Ambulance, is contested by the Midland Alliance champions and League Cup winners and is named after the vice-president from the League’s inception until he passed away three years ago.
The Students took the lead in the first half through Liam Green, but a second-half brace from Kyle Bryant and a strike from substitute Dean Oliver secured victory for the Moatmen.
Despite having the better of the half, Gresley found themselves a goal behind.
A defensive slip in the area by Luke Garton handed Green the easiest of chances and one he did not pass up on as he blasted the ball past Gresley keeper Gary Hateley and in off the post.
Gresley were quick out of the blocks in the second half and Mickey Lyons made a surging run through the middle before hitting a shot that University goalkeeper Daniel Lowton could not hold on to, and the lively Bryant fired the rebound home.
The lead was doubled on 71 minutes and it was Bryant again who hit the target.
Richard Hanslow, who had replaced Royce Turville two minutes earlier, slipped the ball to Bryant, who beat Lowton.
Gresley’s third came after Hanslow had stung the palms of Lowton with a shot and Oliver reacted quickly to slide the ball home.