Frickley manager believes squad is good enough to turn things round

Frickley Athletic's Lewis Szanto, one of the players to step-up from the under 21s. Picture: Onion Bag Photos
Frickley Athletic's Lewis Szanto, one of the players to step-up from the under 21s. Picture: Onion Bag Photos

Manager John Stancliffe is not looking to add to his squad despite Frickley Athletic’s slide down the Evo-Stik East Division.

The Blues have been short on numbers because of injuries and suspensions at times this season, but with players on their way back to fitness hopefully in the next few weeks Stancliffe believes they have enough talent within their squad to turn things round.

He told the Express: “I’m not looking to sign any more players at the moment.

“We’ve got Connor Smith to come back from injury and we’re just having a look at James Gray.

“He’s just started training again now and we’re going to look at upping his level of fitness to get him back on the pitch for us.

“We’ve also got Gary McSheffrey, who’s been out injured. Hopefully he’ll start training again within the next couple of weeks.

“We have got some depth in the squad and the only way I would look to add to it is if there was better quality to come in than I already have and at the moment from what’s out there, there isn’t much better quality that what we’ve got in our dressing room.

“So I’m not actively looking to bring in anybody at the moment.”

Stancliffe also intends to use players from Frickley’s under 21s side in the first team squad when the need arises.

He said: “The under 21s and the academy have really helped out, which obviously is what we want and what it’s there for.

“I have great belief in our under 21 players – your Brad Mears’ and Jed Wilkinsons - that they will take their opportunity if given it.

“They have shown that so far this season and I have faith that we have some good young players.”