Published 14th July 2011
....bring supporters back for the new campaign.
The Linnets’ boss is on the verge of what he describes as “a big signing for the football club”. And while he refused to name the player in fear of any potential hi-jackers, he admitted the deal is likely to go through over the weekend.
“We’ve got a big announcement next week for what will be a big signing for the football club,” said the excited manager.
“It will get supporters back through the gate. We had a few there on Saturday against Bootle and apparently the chats going on around the ground were good. “I just want people to come and watch the lads because they are representing the village and we’re trying to do it the right way.”
The new Victoria Park import will join up with the club’s two other new signings in central midfielder Paul Williams, who recently trialled with Stockport County, and versatile defender Martin Crowder from Bamber Bridge, who Stammers believes will occupy a far more attacking role this season due to his technical nature.
The only man to depart this summer remains winger Matty Parry and the manager is hopeful that some of the many triallists currently at the club will be able to make their mark this term.
“Everybody else is still with us and we’ve still got new faces down there who we’re looking at in training and the friendlies,” added the former Clitheroe manager.
“From what I’ve seen, there are a few there who could well push for places this year. I definitely want another goalkeeper to have competition for Paul Willis who had a very good season last season. I want competition for each place.
“If we’re going to have success then we have to have people fighting for places.”
Stammers was pleased with the positivity of fans during his side’s pre-season friendly draw with Bootle last weekend which ended goalless – and even more pleased with his players’ ability to compete in the fixture after a tough training session 48 hours earlier.
Input from new Burscough assistant-manager Dave Thompson and fitness expert Paul Talbot has helped the Linnets’ boss ready his players for the new campaign which will be the manager’s first full season in the hot-seat. “I look at the players we’ve got and if we play how we can then it should be a good season,” added the Greens’ boss.
“I’m excited. The club has to move forward as it’s had success in the past.
“To be honest, I couldn’t wait when the season ended.
“It’s going to be my first season in charge and I’m keen to put my own stamp on the team.”