It took just minutes for chief executive Bob Blackburn to decide he wanted rookie Dave Cameron as new manager of Park Avenue.

The 32-year-old striker has signed up for the Horsfall hot seat from Welsh Premier League club Rhyl.

His appointment comes after Nicky Law was all set to take charge at Avenue only for the former City boss to mislead them he was not under contract with Alfreton Town.

The UniBond Division One North club have turned from a man with Football League management experience to one who is taking on his first post as a boss.

But Cameron made an instant impression on Black-burn and the board.

"It will be Cammy's first managerial position but he was in a coaching role with Rhyl," said Blackburn after finalising the details.

"Some people might raise an eyebrow when they hear we have gone for Cammy but they will soon understand why we have.

"He doesn't come with the proven track record that Law has but he isn't a time-waster either.

"The guy is as keen as mustard - his enthusiasm is second to none.

"I knew within minutes of him coming into the interview that he was the one I wanted and, after talking to John Dean and Kevin Hainsworth when the interviewing process was done, we were all in agreement.

"You can see he is going to give 200 per cent to the job and he has a huge number of contacts in the game."

Avenue were hoping Cameron would also boost their playing ranks for their promotion bid but Blackburn said the club could not get international clearance for him.

Cameron started his career with St Mirren and has played in the Football League with Brighton and Lincoln City before spells at a number of non-league clubs, including Halifax Town.

Blackburn said: "The Welsh FA can't release his player registration at this point in the season.

"But he is happy to be here as a manager only and he will be appointing an assistant next week."

Meanwhile, the club remain as active in the transfer market.

Blackburn said: "We have signed Mark Hotte from Farsley Celtic on a permanent transfer and we will be getting a striker from them on loan before tomorrow's game at home to Lancaster City."

That player is believed to be Tristram Whitman.

Avenue have also brought in a fitness instructor/mentor coach to improve the sharpness of the players both physically and mentally.