Frickley close in on new strikers to replace Stocksbridge-bound Danny South

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FRICKLEY Athletic manager Karl Rose hopes to have two new strikers at the club to replace the departing Danny South in time for Friday’s FA Cup clash at Worksop Town.

South left the South Elmsall side this week after the club received a seven-day notice of approach for their striker from rivals Stocksbridge Park Steels.

The former Wakefield FC man had started all five league matches for the Blues but Rose believes he can find replacements that will better suit his side’s style of play.

“You don’t want to lose your players,” said Rose.

“But last year it worked for Danny, the play was more direct and he suited the team’s style.

“This season we’re playing differently, we want to get the ball down and play to feet and the way we’re wanting to play isn’t really his style of play.

“He’s found things more difficult and hasn’t had the amount of chances in front of goal that us, or he would have liked.

“I’ll look to bring in a couple more strikers before the FA Cup on Friday.

“I’m currently talking to two players and I’m hopeful we can get the deals done before the weekend.”

Rose says he’d still like “three or four” new players at the club to bolster his options in the next few weeks.

Hungarian centre-back Milan Redei, a former Ferencvaros player, 24, finally received his international clearance to feature for the Blues as they secured their first point of the season against Ashton on Saturday.

Going out was Scott Hellewell to Brigg Town, who Rose was keen to stay and fight for his place but understands the defender’s desire to move on.

Next up Frickley is a tricky FA Cup First Qualifying Round tie at old foes Worksop Town on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

“We weren’t blessed with the best draw we could have got,” Rose admitted.

“We could have got an easier tie, it’s a bit of a local derby as well. We’ll go into the game looking to win as we always do and hopefully get a bit of a run going.”

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