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Alfie Carter
Two weeks after playing for Telford against Saints, Alfie Carter is now a TNS player
TNS boss Ken McKenna finally nailed down his man today when Alfie Carter signed on the dotted line.
It ends a two-week transfer saga and war of words since TNS first put in seven day's notice for the AFC Telford United frontman, after he impressed against Saints in a pre-season friendly.
After initial talks last week, Carter turned up for training at the New Bucks Head on Thursday and played for Telford in Saturday's 1-1 Unibond League game at Ossett.
But after further talks this morning, Carter decided to put his career before cash by turning full-time, despite a move that will leave him no better off financially.
Last week Bucks' boss Bernard McNally said: "Ken McKenna's probably more concerned about the situation than I am. If we were a full-time side and couldn't attract a player from a part-time club, I'd be worried."
But TNS managing director Mike Harris says: "Alfie has recognised the benefit to his career of playing in a national league with a route into European football.
"With the exploits of TNS, Carmarthen and Rhyl in Uefa competitions over the past few weeks, our league is starting to raise its profile in relation to other European countries.
"Alfie knows that this offers him a better chance of rejuvenating his professional career and maybe putting himself in the shop window for Football League clubs."
The signing is timely for McKenna, after left-sided frontman John Lawless broke his foot in last night's Loosemores Challenge Cup at Welshpool and Carter will go straight into the squad for Saturday's Welsh Premier opener at Porthmadog.
23 August 2021