New Frickley Athletic manager Spencer Fearn has assured fans that he is cracking on with the job of putting together a squad of players good enough to compete in the Evo-Stik First Division North next season.
Fearn sees the signing of players – old and new – as one of his first priorities since taking the hot seat at Westfield Lane and hopes to be able to announce the first names in the next week.
“We’ll be looking all over for players,” Fearn told the Express.
“There’s local players who have played at the Evo-Stik level or played higher or lower in the Northern East Counties League. I’ll be speaking to the professional clubs in the area as well.
“I’ve got a lot of contacts. Gareth Dando knows Barnsley very well and I know them pretty well. There’s Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United and I work with Rotherham United so there could be some players coming from that, maybe on loans.
“There’s all sorts of options, but a lot of players now that the season’s just finished want to take stock on where they are.
“Some offers have gone in for current and hopefully new players as well and hopefully in the next couple of weeks we can start tying some of these down. Then it will be on to focusing on pre-season.
“At our level unless they are contracted players they can move anyway before July 1 so we may get Joe Bloggs committing to us, but he might get a better offer next week and off he goes. That’s the way it works at this level.”
Fearn revealed that not all the players from last season’s relegation squad had been offered deals.
He said: “I’ve been speaking to the current players, some we’ve made offers to, some we haven’t and they will be moving on with our best wishes.
“The immediate thing is getting a good squad together so that we can compete next year.
“Hopefully we can get the club on a good footing and look to push on.
“Expectations are important. We’ve come down and sometimes people think you should bounce straight back up, but in football it’s rarely the case. But we want to get a good side together and have a good go next year.”
Fearn met fans for the first time at a forum last week and is keen to get a good rapport with the Blues supporters.
He added: “We’ll hold fans’ forums on a regular basis if there’s a demand there.
“It’s good that they can ask their questions and I think it’s an important part of being at a football club so if we hold these meetings once a month or once a quarter that’s cool with me.”