Gainsborough Trinity manager Russ Wilcox

Gainsborough Trinity boss Russ Wilcox has been pleased with the club’s transfer business in preparation for the 2024/25 season, but feels a centre-back is still needed.

On the defensive situation, Wilcox said: “We certainly need a centre half. We have been working on that for a couple of months now, and then we can start the season from there.

“We’ve got targets, and we have got loan targets, but they don’t want to let them out until late July or early August. The power comes back to the clubs as it gets closer to pre-season.”

As things stand, Trinity have 13 players on their first-team books. Two summer signings have been added to the returns of key individuals from the impressive run after the turn of the year.

Wilcox added: “We have a good balance now, and a competition for places, but we don’t want to carry too big of a squad. We have kept the nucleus from last season, so hopefully we can pick up from where we left off. We can be competitive again if we do that.”

Gainsborough Trinity's Javelle Clarke
Winger Javelle Clarke was one of the key players retained by Gainsborough Trinity. Credit: Russell Dickens

Despite the want for more, the Gainsborough boss has been grateful for the backing he has received from the higher ups at The Northolme.

He said: “The board have been superb this summer, making things available that I require. They have supported me very well.”

The news of Wilcox searching for another defensive addition follows the signings of Sisa Tuntulwana following his exit from Grantham Town, and former Barnsley youngster Jordan Helliwell, as well as the re-signing of the team’s core.

The Trinity gaffer reflected on the signing of the new two names. He said: “They’re both young, that’s the key to where we are going. We’ve got that blend of young players, those experienced players like Bobby [Johnson] and Dayle [Southwell], and we’ve then got a few 25, 26-year-olds in their prime.”

The Holy Blues begin their pre-season campaign in only a few weeks when they travel to Club Thorne on Tuesday, July 9. The Northern Premier League then kicks off the following month.


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