ISAAC Marriott has handed a huge boost to Phil Parkinson’s rebuilding plans by signing a new contract and pledging himself to Altrincham’s first-ever fully professional squad.

With no fewer than seven members of the 2021/22 squad moving on, in the wake of the switch to full-time status, Alty boss Parkinson is lining up one or two new arrivals to ensure the Robins hit the ground running next season.

But he is just as keen to secure the futures of those who have played a key part in a spectacular Alty revival in recent seasons and are ready to step into the professional ranks.

Marriott indicated his willingness to go full-time, and Parkinson expressed his delight at reaching an agreement with the bustling 22-year old midfielder, who has had a significant impact on Alty’s fortunes since signing from Bradford (Park Avenue) just before Christmas.

“He’s my very own Yorkshire Express,” said the Alty manager.

“He has unbelievable energy, potential and passion for the game.

“He also has a willingness to learn and progress his game to take him to the next level in his development.

“He’s a real find, a gem of a player, and he’ll have a career in the Football League if he keeps on track.”

There was a different recipient for each of the three main prizes when Alty staged their end-of-season awards in a packed Community Sports Hall shortly after losing 1-0 to Yeovil Town in their final National League match of the campaign.

Parkinson’s choice as manager’s player-of-the-season was Toby Mullarkey, after the commanding centre-back developed into one of the most accomplished defenders in the National League.

But Ryan Colcough polled most votes for fans’ player-of-the-season, while Dan Mooney won the players’ award.

In the young-player-of-the-year category, Marriott polled 939 votes to see off the challenge of centre-back Kyle Ferguson in second place. Colclough’s rising angled drive into the roof of the net five minutes from time to salvage a 2-2 home draw with Woking was voted goal of the season.