Bishop’s Cleeve midfielder Kieran Alder says that his side should be aiming to be around the top of the Hellenic League Premier this season, having joined the club from Cinderford Town.
Former Gloucester City u18s midfielder Alder is one of two new signings at Kayte Lane so far in pre-season, with prolific forward Jack Watts linking back up with the club after a spell at Stourport Swifts. The two link up with the club as well as eight others from last season, including Archie Haskayne, Jake Parrott and Sam Blackie.
Alder joins the club off the back of a spell with Southern League Division One side Cinderford Town that was interrupted through injuries and suspended seasons, so naturally he is itching to get back to playing some football consistently and he is aiming for the club to have a strong campaign and be up near the business end of things.
“I’m buzzing for the season to get started considering we’ve had two incomplete seasons” Alder told Severn Sport. “Plus I’m coming in and joining an already strong team so that is always going to make you excited for the season ahead!
“With the squad we’ve got we have to be wanting to be around the top of the table and hopefully we can have some good cup runs too.”
Alder has experience in the Hellenic League before with Tuffley Rovers, having finished his last season with the club as top goalscorer, as well as being named the Severn Sport Young Player and Breakthrough Player of the season for 2018/19 in the Severn Sport Awards.
Whilst the fact that he has had previous personal success in the Hellenic League did play a role in his decision to sign for Cleeve, Alder knows that he can’t just rest on his laurels and expect that success to come easily for him again.
“[The spell at Tuffley] was a slight factor [in choosing Cleeve] as it’s always nice having that in the back of your mind” Alder said. “Ultimately though it will mean nothing if I don’t replicate it again this season.”
Since leaving Tuffley, Alder has now become a father. So could his one year-old son Archie be donning the boots just like his dad?
“He’s been an early walker so he has been up and kicking a ball since 10 months” Alder said. “Unfortunately for him though, I’m living my failed professional football dream through him now so fingers crossed he makes it!”
Cover photo copyright with Adrian Griffin of Cinderford Town AFC