Phil Parkinson has finally filled the number one vacancy in his Altrincham squad after landing highly-rated one-time Manchester United prospect Oliver Byrne from Welsh club Connah’s Quay for an undisclosed fee.

With former first-choice keeper Tony Thompson among seven summer departures from The J.Davidson Stadium after deciding he could not commit to a full-time contract, Alty boss Parkinson has been scouring the market for a suitable replacement.

He is in no doubt he has found the ideal candidate after agreeing a deal for Byrne in a move that is subject to FA and National League approval and international clearance.

“Ollie is a real coup,” he said. “He has forged a name for himself at Connah’s Quay and is widely regarded as the best keeper in the League of Wales.

“He amassed 41 starts last season, keeping 24 clean sheets as well as winning the Players’ Player-of-the-season award. We have fought off EFL attention to get him to decide to commit his future to Altrincham FC.

‘He’s an Alty lad, and I’m sure he’ll be a huge hit here next season - we needed a top keeper to replace Tommo and I truly believe we have that man.’

Left-footed like Thompson, Byrne played alongside Marcus Rashford for United’s under-18 side and was a two-times Welsh Premier title-winner at Connah’s Quay, where he gained invaluable European experience in the Champions’ League and Conference League.

Parkinson and his players reported back for the start of pre-season training at Egerton Youth Club in Knutsford on Monday.

Reflecting on their new training venue, and the way his squad is shaping up, Parkinson said: “As a player, walking into this building, you can’t fail to be inspired and motivated to go out and train the best you can. We’ve got everything under one roof.

“We’ve got trialists coming in, and there could be one or possibly two more signings.

‘But I’m absolutely delighted with how the squad is already, and if we had to go into the season now, without any further additions, I would be happy.”