Having taken stock of his options during his first three games in charge of Gainsborough Trinity, new boss Dave Frecklington has set about breathing fresh life into his battle weary squad ahead of the visit of Champions elect, AFC Fylde on Saturday. And Trinity Chairman, Richard Kane has backed his man, sanctioning the recruitment of no less than five new players ahead of the visit of the Coasters tomorrow afternoon.
"We have worked hard all week to bring in the faces that we think will freshen things up and give the place the boost it needs in order to stay in this division. Today has seen us bear the fruits of our labour. It has been a crazy day really, starting bright and early with conversations and discussions. Waiting for phone calls, emails, faxes. There have certainly been a lot of t’s to cross and i’s to dot, but I am pleased we have been able to back the manager in getting the players he has identified to guide us to safety. Gainsborough Trinity have a proud history of never being relegated in our history and we don’t want to lose that record now! Hopefully we will see as many of you as possible on the Martin & Co – and show the new – and old players – just what it means to play for this fantastic club."
In a series of incomings and outgoings, Trinity see Chib Chilaka agree to extend his loan spell at the club until the end of the season. Cecil Nyoni joins from league rivals Alfreton as does Callum Chippendale from Lincolnshire neighbours Boston. Highly rated, developing talent Chris Salt also re-joins the club having spent time developing his game lower down the pyramid, while Greg Tempest makes it five new signings for the Holy Blues, as a couple move on as Frecks puts his stamp on the squad he inherited from Dominic Roma.
"After assessing the group in the three weeks that we've been here it was necessary to make changes and improve in certain areas. I also felt it was important that we added fresh blood into the group to bring us more energy for longer periods in the game and with the additions that we made they are the right characters first and foremost and also very talented young individuals."
Extended loan from Harrogate Town until the end of the 2016/17 season. Chilaka is a proven goal scorer at National League North level, having scored goals regularly for both Harrogate & Bradford Park Avenue. Chib showed great promise in a couple of appearances during his first month on loan, before having his progress halted by a hamstring injury in the game against Gloucester at the Martin & Co Arena. Having strived to get back towards fitness, it comes as a boost that the front man is keen to stay at Trinity until the end of the season. The powerful front man will certainly be a presence in the forward line as Gainsborough look for the goals that will fire them to safety.
Alfreton Town, deal to end 2016/17. An athletic midfielder, that can also play in defence, Cecil Nyoni most recently played for Alfreton where he has been a part of the side that Trinity have struggled to beat in four fixtures during the 2016/17 season. Nyoni is a player familiar to boss, Frecklington due to spells with several teams in the Evo-Stik league. The former Sheffield Wednesday youngster, who has also spent time at Harrogate before his spell at Alfreton, will add more bite to the Trinity midfield, something Frecklington has highlighted as an issue since arriving at the Martin & Co. Of Cecil Nyoni, Frecklington revealed, "I worked with him at Worksop Town after his release from Sheffield Wednesday, he's a box to box midfielder with a good passing range and breaks up play really well. He will also give us good energy and loves a tackle!"
Loan signing from Boston United until the end of the 2016/17 season. Callum Chippendale is a highly rated attacking midfielder who looks to get on the ball and create chances for others. A former Barnsley academy graduate, who spent time at Bradford Park Avenue, Callum was one of the first signing of the summer for Dennis Greene at Boston United. Chippendale joins Trinity looking to make an impact as the Holy Blues look to climb the table and secure the sides National League North status. Of Chippendale, the manager stated, "I've always been impressed with Callum when I've seen him play. He is another box to box midfielder, who can also plays a number 10, with fantastic technique, he sees a pass and likes to get chip in with the odd goal, another fantastic addition who is young and hungry - with a desire to improve!"
Stamford AFC, signed deal until the end of the 2016/17 season. Returning for his second spell at the club, the Sheffield lad has been away from Gainsborough for a couple of years, in which time has appeared for Stamford, from whom he signed, and prior to that, played regularly for Clipstone.
The former Sheffield United youngster has been in good form in the centre of the Daniels’ defence and still at only twenty two years of age, is another player with a bright future in the game. Featuring prominently in Stamford’s cup run, which saw them defeat Wrexham in this season’s FA Cup, the steely defender was obviously delighted to be given the chance to step back up to National League North level as Trinity strive to retain their status at Step Two. A delighted Frecklington said, "Chris has had a fantastic season this year at Stamford, especially in the FA Cup run, in which they achieved the first round away Hartlepool. Chris is a dominant centre half, he is aggressive, quick and is young and hungry to achieve at this level. He is another fantastic addition who understands what we're all about."
On loan from Nuneaton Town until the end of the 2016/17 season. The final signing of a hectic day at Gainsborough Trinity is the arrival of Greg Tempest from fellow National League North side, Nuneaton. The versatile left footer has played in numerous positions for Nuneaton this season, including at full back, centre half and as a holding midfielder and is a player that will give great flexibility to Frecks’ team selection and tactics. A former Northern Ireland youth international, 23 year old Tempest made six appearances for the Northern Ireland u21s, the manager was delighted to announce the Nottingham born man’s signature. "I first came across Greg last season at Lincoln City. He always impresses me. He has got great technique, is tenacious and has got a fantastic left foot and also whips in great delivery from set pieces. Greg also reads the game well and also possesses fantastic energy levels."
Leaving the Club
Leaving the Club
In the wake of the arrivals, Laurie Wilson and the club have agreed a mutual parting of the ways. Matthew Thornhill has had his contract at the club terminated following discussions with the management. While Adam Quinn, Jake Picton and James Reid have all been placed on the transfer list and are free to join other clubs.
Commenting on the departures. Dave Frecklington finished by saying "I would also like to place on record my sincere thanks to Laurie Wilson and Adam Quinn, Jake Picton, Matthew Thornhill and James Reid for all showing a fantastic attitude and commitment since Terry and I walked into the building. I wish them all the best in the future. As always you Blues fans, I've no doubt you will make these new additions welcome, just as you did me and Terry and I ask you to stay with us right through to the death, it's not going to be easy but nothing worth fighting for is."
Make sure you get down to the Martin & Co Arena tomorrow afternoon, 3pm, as we take on AFC Fylde in a crucial game to our safety bid. #inittogether
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