Darkwah has 'potential' to make a mark
ILKESTON FC boss Kevin Wilson says he will not pile too much pressure on promising youngster Cameron Darkwah.
The striker has Conference Premier experience with Stockport County and has signed for the Robins after his contract expired last month.
Manchester-born Darkwah, 20, scored twice in 17 appearances at Edgeley Park and also had loan spells with FC Halifax, Colwyn Bay and Mossley, where he fired five goals in five games.
Wilson, whose side entertain Nantwich tomorrow, said: "It would be silly for me to put him under too much pressure because winning a place ahead of Gary Ricketts and Aaron Hooton is a tall order in itself.
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"But I think he has good potential and if he takes on the challenge with the right attitude, we could be good for each other.
"I've seen a fair bit of him over the years and I've always felt he was a player who had something about him.
"He's got good pace and an eye for a goal and although he's one for the future, you never know . . . the future could start this month."
Wilson also confirmed that although he has decided not to pursue his interest in Stafford Rangers' Danny Quinn, the signing of Darkwah won't end his search for a proven goal-getter to boost the push for promotion.
Meanwhile. Joe Wilcox was de-registered by Ilkeston FC this week and was set to join fellow Evo-Stik Premier Division side Frickley Athletic.
The right-back has been part of the Robins' squad since the start of last season.
But he is moving on, having gradually been edged out of a regular first team spot this season by the likes of Chris Jones, Curtis Thompson and James Cullingworth.
Wilcox leaves with Wilson's blessing and the manager has been quick to pay tribute to the player.
"Joe comes from up there, in the South Yorkshire area, and is changing his job," said Wilson.
"He also wants to play regular first-team football, which he has not been getting here.
"Even so, he's been a valuable member of our squad this season and he certainly played an important part in us winning promotion last year.
"I'm sorry to see him go but at the same time I can totally understand his situation. We wish him every success for the future."
Ilkeston's postponed match at Buxton last Saturday has been re-arranged for Wednesday, March 27 (7.45pm).
Bottom club Eastwood Town are due to travel to ninth-placed Chorley in the Evo-Stik Premier.