Kozluk coup for non-leaguers

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ILKESTON say the signing of ex Sheffield United and Barnsley Rob Kozluk, is a “fantastic” coup.

The 35-year-old utility player and former England U21, who is predominantly a right-back but can play across the defence and in midfield, made his debut in Ilkeston’s 4-2 home win against Frickley last weekend.

Kozluk’s will also coach the club’s 40 scholars.

Robins manager Kevin Wilson said: “It’s a fantastic signing for us. I’m excited about it. Although Rob has not played this season, he has been training regularly with Chesterfield and is capable of doing a job for a Football League club.”

Wilson added: “He has vast experience with more than 300 League games at a high level, and that’s a commodity that we feel we’re a bit short of at the moment. Obviously his ability to play in numerous positions will also be a big asset. He has an excellent pedigree and will be good in our dressing room - but I’m equally excited about what Rob can do for us in a coaching capacity.

“He is keen to work towards his ‘B Coaching Licence’ and we’re giving him the platform to achieve that by working every day with the scholars. He lives in Derby, so travelling is not an issue, and apart from being good for us and him, it will be great for the young boys to get the benefits of his experience.”

Mansfield-born Kozluk began his career with Derby and also served Huddersfield, Wigan, Preston, Port Vale and Bradford City, as well as winning two caps for England U-21s.