FINALLY, Warrington Town boss Paul Carden has got his man.

Striker Chris Holroyd has been a long-time target for Yellows, with Carden attempting to sign him on at least two occasions.

He lost out first to Chorley and then Stalybridge Celtic but after leaving the latter, the experienced frontman was quickly on the phone to Carden and assistant Mark Beesley, both of whom he played with at Cambridge United.

Holroyd is in line for a debut as Town travel to Mickleover on Saturday, kick off 3pm, and provides both cover and competition for fellow forwards Josh Amis, Jordan Buckley and Iyrwah Gooden.

“Even before Chrissy signed for Chorley, we were speaking to him,” Carden said.

“He stated he wanted to play in the Conference and he signed for Chorley and that was that.

“When it was apparent they were struggling last season, their manager phoned me up and said they were looking to get people off the wage bill.

“We spoke to Chris then but he chose Stalybridge – we couldn’t compete with what they were paying him so he chose to go there.

“I was disappointed and he knew that, but he phoned Bees up a few weeks back and said Stalybridge had told him they couldn’t afford his contract.

“I said we would be interested but told him there would be no way we could pay him what we had offered him previously.

“He’s more secure in his work now and said it wasn’t about the money, he just wanted to come.”

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New signing Chris Holroyd in action for Wrexham. Picture by Craig Colville

Town go into the weekend with the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division’s only perfect record – Saturday’s 1-0 win over Whitby Town was their fourth in as many games without conceding a goal.

Add the FA Cup exit to South Shields via a penalty shoot-out to the mix – the game finished goalless after 90 minutes – and Town have gone 450 without their defence being breached.

“We played really well at Basford and I thought we played well against Atherton and South Shields in the cup – a game we should have won in the 90 minutes,” Carden said.

“With the other two games, though, I feel we’re better than what we showed even though we won both.

“We’ve certainly got more to come but sometimes you need to grind results out.

“I can’t do anything other than give the lads credit as we’ve played some good opponents even though I know there’s a lot more to come from us.

“I’m not complaining but we’re certainly not resting on it either.”