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Josh Wilde is a Bull

AFC are ecstatic to announce the capture of former North Ferriby, Halifax Town and Alfreton Town defender Josh Wilde.

The FA Trophy winner signed a one-year deal with the Bulls as Matt Chatfield further strengthens his side ahead of the new season.

With his contract at Alfreton expired, Wilde featured in a handful of training sessions and pre-season friendlies before signing on with the Bulls permanently on Saturday - something which the gaffer was always hopeful of but never expectant.

"We always joked during pre-season saying if he didn’t get fixed up it's a perfect fit for him," Chatfield said, "but to actually get the call to say it was a possibility was totally out of the blue.

"It's such a fantastic signing for the club, he has been training with us from the start of pre-season mainly because of the location and also he is good mates with a couple of players in the squad."

Having played in the National League North as recently as last season for Alfreton, 28-year-old Wilde brings more high-level experience to a squad which already features the likes of Jon D'Laryea, Ben Algar and Matt Wilson.

With a promotion to the National League with Halifax and an FA Trophy final win with North Ferriby under his belt, Wilde's capture is something of a coup for the Bulls.

"He has already impacted the squad from the first day he trained with his professionalism and the standard we expect from players," Chatfield said, "he will be a terrific addition to the dressing room and the younger players will look up to him too."

Wilde's first competitive appearance for AFC will be on 1 September, when the Bulls host local rivals Sherwood in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.

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