FRICKLEY Athletic boss Karl Rose has announced the first wave of new arrivals to Westfield Lane.
Rose, who succeeded Peter Rinkcavage as Blues manager, took charge of his first pre-season training session on Tuesday night and a number of existing and new players signed on for next season.
Danny South and Matty Bloor have committed to the Frickley cause for their forthcoming Evo-Stik Premier League campaign and former Blue Lee Stratford has signed as player and coach.
They’re joined by former Guiseley and Goole striker Gavin Allott, centre-back Darren Kelly, midfielder Terry Barwick, former Blues goalkeeper Ben Hallam and former Goole pair Tom Johnston and Scott Hellewell, both centre-backs.
“We had our first session on Tuesday night and we had a good turnout of 26 players,” said Rose.
“We had a good number of those sign on and more took forms away to sign and bring back for our next session on Thursday.
“I’m sure those players will sign those forms and we still have three or four who are away on holiday.”
He continued: “There will be a lot of players coming in but there were a lot of players who left when Rinky [Peter Rinkcavage] left last season.
“We need to improve the squad because we finished fourth from bottom last season.”
Rose knows plenty of the incoming players from his time managing Goole and he’s been pleased with the work carried out in the transfer market so far.
“It’s a good core of players that we’ve got together,” he said.
“It lays the foundations for what we want to be build.”
He continued: “We’ll probably look to try and get 20 players signed on for the squad all-in-all with a few younger players in there too to act as back-up.
“I need to have a look at some of the players doing ball work and playing in matches before making my decision on some of them.”
Those attending the first training session of the summer at Westfield Lane didn’t get an easy ride from Rose and his coaching staff.
Rose declared himself happy with the session and said: “We got straight back in to it, there was no easing back in.
“We did a solid two hour session and we covered everything including fitness, running and press-ups and a bit of ball work as well, things like that.”
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