Frickley Athletic: Blues look to maintain strong links with Scunthorpe United

CONTACTS: Scunthorpe assistant Russ Wilcox is a former Blues player
CONTACTS: Scunthorpe assistant Russ Wilcox is a former Blues player
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Frickley Athletic will look to continue its healthy relationship with Football League club Scunthorpe United next season.

Former Blues player Russ Wilcox is assistant manager to Brian Laws at the League 2 club and helped send two young Iron players, Callum Howe and Jamie Wootton, on-loan to the South Elmsall club this season.

Wilcox’s son, Joe, is also on the books at Westfield Lane.

Frickley manager Karl Rose says he will not rely on loan players from Glanford Park next term but would happily welcome United’s talented young stars if they became available and strengthened his squad.

“Callum [Howe] was great for us last season and strengthened us in a problem area at centre-back,” he said.

“We could welcome him back but the problem is their future is not in our hands. Players on loan can be called back at short notice as happened with us and Callum last season.

“I’d rather us bring in a couple of seasoned, experienced centre-backs who are our players to be honest.

“I’m not sure Callum will become available, he should be pushing for Scunthorpe’s first team, but if he does, or if any other players become available, then we’ll take a look.”

Rose has revealed he has a 20-man ‘wanted list’ to bolster his squad for next season, with a gentleman’s agreement with “six or seven” players to join.

He is also hopeful of hanging on to last season’s star men including Jake Picton and Gavin Allott.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve had approaches for them and we know they’ll intensify over the summer but hopefully we can keep those players here.”