Frickley boss hoping to bolster leaking defence

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THE new signings are expected to continue at Frickley Athletic this week with manager Karl Rose eager to bolster his leaking defence.

Rose has overhauled the Blues squad following his summer arrival but is still tweaking his squad four games into the new campaign.

Bolstering a defence that has leaked eleven goals in those four league games is Rose’s priority, but he says the 4-0 thrashing suffered at North Ferriby United on Monday hasn’t prompted his desire for new defenders.

“I’m hoping to sign one, or possibly two, centre-halves,” he said.

“That’s the area where we’ve been looking exposed and we need to improve there.

“It’s not a knee-jerk reaction [to recent results], I only had one player at the club when I arrived in May and we’re continuing to build.”

Any arrivals would follow hot-on-the-heels of Frickley’s triple transfer coup last week.

Jake Picton, a 21-year-old defender, arrived after being released from Harrogate Town, former Blue Glyn Cotton returns for a second spell and Inderjeet Aujla joined from Hinckley United.

It’s certainly been a busy summer of ins and outs at Westfield Lane but Rose knows the importance of getting a settled squad sooner rather than later.

“We can’t just keep chopping and changing things all the time,” he said.

“I don’t want to change things for changing things sake, but if someone becomes available who can improve the team then I’ll always be interested in signing him.”

Rose also knows the importance of his side getting their first points on the board following four consecutive league defeats.

Things get no easier on Saturday when early league leaders Ashton United visit South Elmsall looking to make it five wins from five matches.

Rose hopes to have some more new arrivals in and could also welcome back striker Gavin Allott from injury.

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