ALEX Byrne aims to help Warrington Town go “one step further” in the 2019/20 season.

The versatile forward is Yellows’ first close-season signing after joining from Gainsborough Trinity to supplement Paul Carden’s squad.

Byrne has also enjoyed spells at Shaw Lane and Northwich Victoria, where he played with Town striker Josh Amis.

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He says Carden “sold him the dream” and revealed he was on the verge of making the move to Town earlier this season.

“I had a long chat with the gaffer – he’s been after me for a couple of seasons now,” he told the Guardian.

“When we spoke about the upcoming season and the role I’d have in the team.

“I knew it was a good club anyway but talking to Cardy really sold me the dream.

“I had a brief conversation with Cardy and my agent about coming down just after Christmas – it was just after Lee Sinnott had been sacked by Gainsborough.

“Warrington expressed my interest and I said to my agent ‘let’s make it happen.’

“It was pretty much done, but I was contracted to Gainsborough and they didn’t want to let me go.

“I completely understood why they wanted me to stay – we still had a lot to play for at that stage.

“I was gutted it didn’t happen, but I’m here now.

“When I spoke to Cardy, he told me a lot of the players from last season were staying on and that to me was a really strong team.

“Hopefully the lads will be stronger for the experience of the play-offs and we can push on that one step further this year."

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Bryne with Yellows chairman Toby Macormac

Capable of operating on either flank or as an attacking midfielder, Byrne has been brought in with the aim of supplying more ammunition to Yellows’ frontline.

He insists he can be the man to do just that.

“Without sounding too sure of myself, I’ll back myself all day long to make an impression on this team,” he said.

“We’ve got two really good wingers in Jack Mackreth and Jack Dunn, but you can’t just have 11 good players if you want to do well.

“First and foremost, I aim to bring a lot of creativity – I’ll play anywhere across the front, either through the middle or out wide.

“I like getting on the ball and finding little passes but I would say the main attribute I’ve worked on a lot is my crossing.

“I've played with Josh Amis at Northwich Victoria so I know he’ll be getting his head on a few of my crosses.

“It doesn’t stop there – I’ll work hard, be dedicated and I won’t be scared to put my foot in.

“The main aim, though, is to create and score plenty of goals for Warrington.”