Midfielder Slater looking forward to new challenge

Carl Slater, pictured in action for Gresley, is one of several new players brought to Coronation Park by new management team Nick Hawkins and Chris Shaw.
Carl Slater, pictured in action for Gresley, is one of several new players brought to Coronation Park by new management team Nick Hawkins and Chris Shaw.

New Eastwood Town signing Carl Slater says he is relishing the opportunity presented to him at Coronation Park as the Badgers prepare for the new season.

The 31-year-old has a wealth of experience in non-league football, including ten years with Gresley and spells at, among others, Bromsgrove, Heanor and Mickleover.

And with joint-manager Nick Hawkins citing Slater as the kind of player he may aim to build a team around, the midfielder is looking forward to what the season may bring.

He said: “It’s nice to know I’m the sort of player they want at this level, and given my experience in this division and above I feel I have a lot to offer, particularly to the younger players when we’re faced with certain situations.

“It’s obviously been a turbulent time here for the last couple of years, but it’s still a big club in non-league terms given how far they went so I’m looking forward to playing for the club.”

Slater and Hawkins know each other from several duels as players over the years, and the Badgers new boy believes the new joint management team will have a good effect on the squad.

“I had a couple of games with Nick at South Normanton last year when I knew we may be working at Eastwood together, just to see what his managerial style was,” he said.

“He conducts himself very well as a coach and with the kind of passion Chris Shaw has it should be a great blend.

“They’re both determined to get to at least the play-offs next year, which is great to hear.

“I got a bit disillusioned over the last year as due to management changes and an injury I struggled to settle, but that’s sorted now and I’m here to get Eastwood as high as they can get because I’ve always been in winning sides.

“I won titles with Gresley and Heanor so know what it takes to be successful.

“Obviously I’m aware the financial situation here isn’t great but I never go anywhere for the money as I don’t care about that kind of thing.

“I want to be a winner, and with some of the players the management team have brought in I believe we have a good chance of doing well this season.”