New boys to the division, Altrincham return to the National League North having spent two seasons’ in non-league’s top flight.\r\n\r\nAfter their initial season in the National League saw Alty finish 17th, last seasons relegation will be a real disappointment for Neil Young’s new side, but the re-build is very firmly on.\r\n\r\nA host of players have already been in and out of Moss Lane as a promotion push back into the National League builds.\r\n\r\nPerhaps the most impressive addition is that of Craig Hobson from Chester FC. Hobson is a quick striker who at this level has proven he can be very effective.\r\n\r\nYoung has also dived into the almost foregin market, bringing in Sean Miller from Welsh Premier League side Connah’s Quay Nomads. A similar level to that of the National League North, Miller’s pace is electrifying and will be a superb signing for the Robins.\r\n\r\nThe likes of Sam Patterson from Bradford Park Avenue, John Cyrus from Frickley, Billy Hasler-Cregg from Rochdale and Jamie Menagh from Stockport County. They will have to replace the quality lost by the release of the likes of first teamers Scott Leather, Adam Griffin, Ryan Crowther and Tom Marshall.\r\n\r\nJosh O’Keefe formerly of Blackburn Rovers was a regular feature for Alty, however has opted to join Chorley and will be a miss for the side, as will goalkeeper Tim Deasy and striker Michael Rankine. Rankine bagged 12 goals last season however has opted to sign for National League side Guisley. He would have been a superb player at this level.\r\n\r\nWith a large bulk of the side kept and new boys coming in, the side from Greater Manchester could be considered one of the favourites to seal a play-off spot in 2016/2017.\r\n\r\nNeil Young was appointed manager on May day of this year, and Young has tasted promotion with the likes of Chester in the past.\r\n\r\nHe told the Manchester Evening News upon his appointment “”The challenge is to find the right players to take this club forward, and coming into the position this early gives me the opportunity to recruit the ones we need.\r\n\r\n”With Halifax going down and Salford City coming up, it’s going to be an incredibly tough league next season, particularly from the point of view of recruiting in the Manchester area.\r\n\r\n”It will probably be the most competitive league for a long time, but I love a challenge and can’t wait to get stuck in.\r\n\r\n”I played against Altrincham numerous times (for Vauxhall Motors) and it was always a ding-dong battle. They were always great games, as they were when I faced Alty as Chester manager.\r\n\r\n”This is a special place, a special club with a fantastic fan base, and I feel really honoured to be placed in charge of the team”.\r\n\r\nWith some great additions and a manager who’s experienced at this level, travelling to Altrincham as well as hosting them will be a very interesting encounter.\r\n\r\nWe look forward to welcoming you for the 2016/2017 season.\r\n\r\n@OllieWills01

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