PHIL Parkinson has added a wealth of experience, knowhow and proven match-winning ability to his Altrincham squad after pulling off the spectacular signing of former Lincoln City FA Cup hero Nathan Arnold.

The 31-year old left-sided winger made national newspaper headlines when he rounded keeper Dean Gerken for an ice-cool stoppage-time winner, as Lincoln claimed the scalp of Ipswich Town en route to becoming the first non-League team for more than a century to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

He was credited by manager Danny Cowley with making 'an outstanding contribution' to Lincoln's astonishing season, when they made it to the last eight of the cup and won promotion back to the Football League as National League champions.

Just two years on from those heady heights, he is looking for a fresh challenge – and he believes he has found one at The J.Davidson Stadium.

"I'm really excited to be here," he said.

"It was important my next move was the right fit, and this feels perfect.

"Getting the opportunity to join this fantastic club and be part of what everyone here wants to achieve is exactly what I was looking for.

"I actually followed a lot of Altrincham games last season by watching Alty TV and listening to Radio Robins.

"I have played against Alty numerous times as well, and every time I have been up against one of Phil's teams, they have been well-drilled and hard to play against, and they have been very football-orientated.

"I felt that would complement me and my style so when I got the call I very quickly decided this was where I wanted to be.

"Also, as soon as I met Phil, there was an instant connection and that was important.

"That means a lot to me, playing for someone who can get the best out of me.

"Football is in my veins. I welcomed the break after leaving Boston six months ago, because I needed to recharge. "But, having had that, I feel a better person for it and as a consequence I will be a better player."