25 May 2019 by John Edwards

Dens and Max become the latest to sign on!


Altrincham's longest-serving player has committed another year to the Robins' cause after Shaun Densmore joined Max Harrop as the latest duo to sign on for next season.

It seems hard to believe that Dens took his first tentative step on the road to a decade-plus of sterling service by putting his name to a contract that would run for just one month.

Suffice to say it was followed by another for slightly longer, then another and so on, and nearly 11 years later, his signature is still in demand among Alty bosses.

The ultimate one-club man, Dens joined Alty way back in September, 2008 after graduating through Everton's Academy and has never made a competitive senior appearance for any club other than the Robins.

He had to battle his way through a knee injury that kept him on the sidelines for far longer than he would have liked, but it's a measure of his resilience and dedication to the cause that he fought his way into Phil Parkinson's side and did it in a style that brought him an offer to remain at The J.Davidson Stadium next season.

Those foraging raids down the right flank looked as purposeful as ever during the course of 22 league starts in the campaign just ended and convinced Alty boss Parkinson that the 30-year old still has plenty to offer.

So, too, does Harrop, who, after spells with Nantwich, Ashton United and Ramsbottom in the wake of being released by Bury, has flourished under the guidance of Parkinson and Neil Sorvel and become an integral part of Alty's squad.

Frequently taking the eye with moments of individual brilliance and an ability to find the top corner of the net from distance, the 25-year old midfielder made 38 Vanarama National League North appearances last season, scoring seven goals.

Watch out for more squad developments as and when we get them.


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