THE first completely new face in the Warrington Town squad for the coming season has been revealed.

Goalkeeper Tony Thompson has signed on the dotted line at Cantilever Park, joining from National League side Altrincham.

Town had prioritised a new shot-stopper after Dan Atherton’s decision to leave the club and their new number one turned out 39 times in all competitions for the Robins last season.

He cited the influence of Yellows midfielder Sean Williams – a former Alty teammate – in his decision to step down two levels to join the club.

Having once again come agonisingly close to promotion to the National League North last season, Thompson believes his new side has the capability to finally take that step this time around.

“I’ve got to say that Willo had a big influence. It’s so local to where I’m from, it’s ideal,” the 27-year-old told the club website.

“The club just missed out last year, and with the additions that they’re making, I don’t see why we can’t push on this season.

“I know all about the club. I’ve watched the results for the past two or three seasons because I’ve got a lot of friends who have come here and played.

“It’s perfect really. When I met Bees (manager Mark Beesley), I got a real feel for the club. It’s a lot like Altrincham really.

“I’ve had a really good couple of seasons in the National League with my shot-stopping and coming for crosses.

“I’ve got quite a presence, and I think my distribution can really help us this season.”