Gainsborough Trinity captain Dylan Cogill

Gainsborough Trinity have confirmed a double transfer delight as they have re-signed captain Dylan Cogill and secured forward Joe Stacey on a permanent deal.

The news follows the announcement that exciting winger Javelle Clarke penned a new deal with Gainsborough last week.

Holy Blues skipper Cogill has extended his stay at the KAL Group Stadium for a third season, after ending the recent Northern Premier League season as the club’s top appearance maker. The 26-year-old has made 87 appearances for Trinity in all, captaining the side in more than half of them.

The centre-back netted five times in the 2023/24 season, coming in only behind Declan Howe (26) and Dayle Southwell (8) on the top-scorer chart.

Gainsborough Trinity captain Dylan Cogill.
Gainsborough Trinity captain Dylan Cogill has scored seven goals across the last two seasons. Credit: Yetunde Adegoke

He said: “I felt re-signing for Gainsborough was right moving forward. The lads have really bought into Russ [Wilcox] and the club, and you can see that with the amount of lads staying.”

Manager Russ Wilcox, who was pleased to retain a core of his squad from the previous season, added: “I’m delighted that captain Dylan Cogill has agreed to re-sign with us. He’s had interest from other clubs, but he can see what we are striving to achieve at this football club and wants to be a part of it. He played a key role in us achieving an excellent finish to the season. We now have a strong core of that group which hopefully is a real positive moving forward.”

Joe Stacey signs permanently: 

Joe Stacey is the first new name in Wilcox’s squad, signing a permanent deal after impressing in a short loan-spell during the back half of the most recent campaign.

Gainsborough Trinity's Joe Stacey
Joe Stacey netted in his off-the-bench debut for Gainsborough Trinity. Credit: Phoebe Duckworth

The forward made 13 appearances for the Holy Blues during his loan spell from Alfreton Town, scoring three goals along the way. He made an instant impact in February, netting on his debut against Basford United.

The 26-year-old has eyes on a successful first full season in Gainsborough, saying: “The good form and success we found towards the end of the season can be replicated this year, from the off, and to be rewarded with a play off or promotion spot would be brilliant.”

The Trinity boss Wilcox added: “I’m delighted to have signed Joe Stacey after his contract expired at Alfreton. He’s very versatile, playing various positions and is an excellent addition to the group.”

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