Frickley Athletic: Rose refuses to rest on his laurels as Blues’ preparations for next season begin

CUP JOY: Frickley Athletic celebrate winning the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup. Picture courtesy of www.noclashofcolours.blogspot.co.uk.
CUP JOY: Frickley Athletic celebrate winning the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup. Picture courtesy of www.noclashofcolours.blogspot.co.uk.

The dust has barely settled on Frickley Athletic’s cup-winning campaign but boss Karl Rose has already started his preparations for next season.

Rose has enjoyed a good first year in charge at Westfield Lane, winning the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup and guiding the Blues to Evo-Stik Premier Division safety, but he will not be resting on his laurels as he targets more improvements next season, including an influx of new players.

“I’ll be bringing in at least seven or eight players for next season,” he said.

“We’re working on deals already. I’ve got my targets and I’m very optimistic that we can get the players in to improve us for next season.”

The Blues boss says all of his current squad will be invited back for pre-season training.

“Nobody is getting kicked out of the door,” he said. “We’ve got to get more competition for places in the squad because we struggled with injuries.”

He is also keeping his fingers crossed that star players including top-scorer Gavin Allott, Jake Picton and Joe Wilcox will all remain at Westfield Lane amid expected interest from other clubs.

And Rose hopes the Blues’ attacking style of football, which has seen the team score 91 goals this season, the most since the 1999-2000 season, will encourage the team’s current stars to stay in South Elmsall.

“We play attacking football and we play the right way,” he commented.

“There’s plenty of hard work in there but we have plenty of fun in the way we play and go about things too and I think we give the fans value for money.

“There have been a few dodgy performances in there as well, there’s no hiding that, especially earlier in the season, and it’s my job to try and get some more consistency in our performances for next season.”