NEW arrival Tyrone Thompson "jumped at the chance" to sign for Town.
The 22-year-old former Sheffield United wingman has made a big impression on McAlpine manager Peter Jackson.
Skilful on the wing, Thompson has also earned an immediate fan club who chanted "sign him up" when he was substituted during Wednesday's 2-0 friendly victory over Sunderland.
Now, he is determined to make the most of a three-month contract which seems certain to be extended if he can produce the goods in Town's Third Division campaign which kicks off against Cambridge in a fortnight.
"I'm really enjoying myself here and, when the offer was made, I jumped at the chance," said Thompson.
"With Peter Jackson and Terry Yorath in charge, there is a buzz around the place and everyone is excited about the future.
"Coming from Sheffield, I know all about the club's situation and in recent years it's been tough, but the manager is determined and enthusiastic to turn things around and that is rubbing off on all the squad.
"The lads here are determined to give 100% and no-one can ask more of us than that. Everyone wants to do well, just like me.
"I've come here to play as many matches as I can, to do what I can to help the club do well and it certainly helps when the fans already seem to be on my side."
Thompson played yesterday as Town drew 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday in a practice match.
Jon Stead scored both Town goals (they were two up with 15 minutes to go). Chris Holland is added to today's Reserves squad at Farsley Celtic (3.00).