Gainsborough Trinity manager Russ Wilcox.

Gainsborough Trinity boss Russ Wilcox is “delighted” with his side’s three new signings, speaking after a comeback 2-1 win over Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.

One of the signatures was Ashley Jackson on a permanent deal, after a loan-spell from National League North side Scarborough Athletic.

Wilcox said: “It’s not just Ashley Jackson the player, it’s Ashley Jackson the person. He’s full of experience, 29-years-old, been there and done it at this level and has got promotion with Scarborough from this level.”

Jackson has played nine games for Gainsborough so far, with the centre-back scoring in one of them.

The Holy Blues’ manager described him as an important part of the squad and added: “He trains and plays exactly the same. He’s got a fantastic attitude and is a great character to have around the group. I’m really, really pleased we’ve got him on a permanent.”

Trinity also recruited Justin Iwobi, a 6’4″ striker from Halifax Town. The teenager is much talked about and provides Gainsborough with another attacking option.

The manager said: “He’s a good size. We’re looking for a little bit more physicality on the top end of the pitch as a different option.”

Gainsborough Trinity celebrating against Bradford Park Avenue
Iwobi and Devine made their debuts as Gainsborough Trinity came from behind to win 2-1.

The third signing was Danny Devine, a central midfielder from Guiseley AFC. The 26-year-old made 13 appearances for his no former side, but has opted to reunite with Wilcox.

Devine played under the experienced manager last season at Farsley Celtic. Wilcox believes that his a good addition to his new club.

Devine and Iwobi both took a place on the bench during the 2-1 win against Bradford PA and came on for their debuts in the second-half.

On their first minutes for Gainsborough, Wilcox said: “I think they did well when they came on. It would’ve been nice if Justin could’ve gone through and finished that chance he had, but he’s going to be a handful.

“They both create competition, which I think we’ve needed. I think we’ve lacked that a little bit. People now who are holding the shirts now that there are people breathing down their necks and that is always a good thing at a football club.”

Trinity are back in action on Saturday, November 25th, as they travel to Marske United.