Frecks' Rebuild Continues at Pace

Frecks Rebuild Continues at Pace

On his return from a pre-arranged holiday, Gainsborough Trinity manager Dave Frecklington wasted little time in unveiling a further two new signings to bolster his side that avoided relegation from the National League North on a dramatic final day.

The Blues’ boss has strengthened his midfield and attacking options with the latest two captures. Craig King a forward, who can play anywhere across the front line, signs from Salford City. Salford City losing out over two legs to promoted FC Halifax Town. The second addition is that of Shane Clarke, the midfielder who returns to the club for a second spell, arriving from Lincolnshire rivals Boston United.

Both players bring a wealth of National League North experience, which will be vital as Gainsborough look to improve on their 19th place finish and Kingy is eager to get started.

"I’m happy to be signing for Gainsborough and am really looking forward to showing what I can do and to start another chapter in my career.

Prior to signing for Salford, Craig won the Player of the Year award at Bradford Park Avenue and he is no stranger to Frecks, who said:

"Craig is a player I've seen progress up the ladder since having him at Worksop, where I was his assistant manager. He's a work horse who possesses great skills and his awareness is right up there with the best in the league. He's a player who's used to winning football matches at Salford City and to get him to Gainsborough is a fantastic coup."

The boss continued, "He's now coming into his best years as a player with good experience at this level. Our relationship has been key in him coming to the football club and his character fits the bill in my changing room, but more importantly he's a winner and a team player, which I'm sure will go down well with all the Trinity supporters. I can't wait to get working with him again."

A ringing endorsement indeed, welcome to the club, Craig!

Frecks Rebuild Continues at Pace

The arrival of, twenty-nine year old midfielder, Shane Clarke at the Martin & Co Arena for a second spell is also a signing Frecklington is delighted to announce:

"Shane's been on my radar since I took over at Gainsborough. I've been a long term admirer of his play and his leadership qualities are of the highest level. At 29 I believe his best years are coming up and he adds invaluable experience to this young group. Shane is another born winner and his physicality will be a major asset to our midfield department."

Having previously spent two years at Gainsborough, the midfielder also has National League North experience at Tamworth where he hit seven goals from midfield in a prolific season. Having started his career in the league, at Sincil Bank, the former Imp will be a vital addition to the Trinity squad.

A Lincolnshire based Physical Training Instructor, away from the game, Frecks pointed out, "He's a fit boy and another local lad with a point to prove after a difficult season at Boston United, but more importantly he is another great character to have around the changing room and is someone who will be a major asset to Terry and I, this season."

On signing on the dotted line, the all action midfielder proclaimed, I’m really excited to be re-joining Trinity. I had two enjoyable seasons last time around and I’m hoping for more of the same really. It wasn’t a hard decision at all, regardless of other offers. Dave Frecklington is a manager I want to play for and hopefully I can chip in with a few goals from midfield and surprise a lot of people by exceeding last year’s league table finish!"

Welcome back Shane!

The other two signings made during Frecks’ week away were Ellis Storey and Jonathan Wafula who were quick to agree terms after speaking to Dave prior to his departure. Of the two signings, Frecks revealed, "It was very pleasing to get him (Ellis Storey) nailed down last week. He is a very good young modern day full back, who's quicks and strong and has a desire to play at the highest level possible. These were the key ingredients for me wanting Ellis at Gainsborough Trinity."

"He had a great season for Grantham last year, and he’s used to winning football matches after just missing out on the play-offs. That winning mentality is something that's instilled in you as a player and he's a really exciting prospect, that I'm sure the Blues’ fans will enjoy watching."

"Jonathan (Wafula) is another player I've seen progress in the last year or so from my battles against Shaw Lane AFC. He is young, quick and very talented. He possesses a fantastic work ethic, got an eye for goal and is very creative! He is also very good in the air."

"At only 22 and hungry to play at the highest level possible, I am sure you will see that he’s a really infectious character. He’s another player used to winning football matches after winning the Evo Stick South title last season. Now it's down to Terry and I to get the best out of him and keep improving his game! I'm sure you'll see his career progress in a blue shirt and I know he will excite the Trinity faithful!"

We welcome all four new acquisitions to the squad ahead of next season, which is already shaping up to be an interesting one! At close of business on Friday evening, we had sold 56 season tickets after only four days of initial sales!

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