Obi Is Staying At Atherstone

Atherstone Town joint-manager Adam Davies says he hopes the latest signing announcements will be “music to the fans ears,” as he and Ross Innes look to boost the Adders’ promotion hopes.

One man who has signed on for the new season is Joe Obi. The 34-year-old striker hit 23 goals last season, making him the club’s top scorer.

After initially planning to hang up his boots this summer, Davies said he is pleased to see the frontman back in his attacking options.

“Players like Joe are gold dust,” he said. “They’re the core of the club. As soon as we put the announcement out there the lads were very forthcoming and came straight to us to say they wanted to stay here and be part of the next stage of taking the club forward.

“That’s music to the fans’ ears to see those kinds of players signing on. It’s a pleasure to work with them, it makes your life as managers much easier.

“Joe Obi a classic example of someone who has used this time in lockdown for the better. He’s got himself possibly as fit as he’s ever been. He’s dropped a lot of weight, not that he needed to, but he’s took up running and cycling and now he’s come back with a fresh mindset of if his body feels good enough then he can do it.

“It’s a real pleasure to have someone like that returning. The younger lads see that and then where sometimes it can be easier to ease off with your effort, a lot of the other lads have stepped things up – it definitely rubs off on people.”

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