MANAGER Karl Rose says he knows the majority of his starting line-up for Frickley Athletic’s Evo-Stik Premier Division opener at Hednesford Town on Saturday, August 18.
The Blues play their final pre-season friendly on the summer at home against Garforth Town on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm) and there are only a couple of places up for the grabs for the season opener.
“I know nine of the eleven who will be starting at Hednesford, depending on fitness and injuries,” he said.
“There might still be one or two players coming in who can strengthen the squad before then but I’m settled on the majority of my team.”
Frickley featured two new players in the team that swept aside Ossett Albion in a friendly match at Dimple Wells on Tuesday night.
Milan Redei, a Hungarian defender who’s played in the top-flight of his home country and has previously played under Rose at Goole, started the game and is set to sign for the South Elmsall club.
Brett Lucas, a 17-year-old defender who was released from Doncaster Rovers, also featured but is being tracked by a number of clubs.
“I’m keen to keep Milan,” said Rose.
“I worked with him at Goole and he’s been at Sheffield FC but we brought him here and he played on Tuesday night.
“I think Milan will join the squad but he might not play much in the first few games because he’s a bit off the pace. He needs to do some more training with us and get some action to get up to match speed.
“We’ll have a word with Brett but there are a few clubs interested in him so we’ll see what happens there after discussions.
“Both did well on Tuesday night, especially given they were two new players in a back three and we kept a clean sheet.”
The pair weren’t the only new faces in the Blues’ line-up at Ossett.
Goalkeeper Tom Woodhead has joined from Brigg and will add competition for places for the number one jersey.
The trio could play again when Frickley take on Garforth Town at Westfield Lane in their final pre-season friendly on Friday night.
The match was due to take place at Garforth but will instead be played in South Elmsall due to the Town pitch not yet being ready.
“It’s our last friendly match so we’ll go out there to continue what we’ve been doing - winning games and scoring goals,” he said.
“We’ve got a few players who have little knocks, nothing really to worry about, but we won’t be risking them so close to the start of the season.”
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