Toolstation Western League
Published 13th July 2011
....or not he has been successful in securing his two top transfer targets.
It has been a quiet summer so far for the Horsdon Park outfit, with plenty of players training with Vinnicombe's squad but nobody as yet willing to commit to a move.
In an effort to step up preparations for the forthcoming campaign, Vinnicombe has set a deadline for his two most promising targets to agree to join the club.
But, while Vinnicombe was optimistic about the new arrivals, he also underlined the difficulties in securing fresh faces during the summer months.
"For the people we have spoken to about signing for the club, we hope to find out soon if they have decided to join or not," he said.
"It's coming along. We can only do so much talking to players who we want to come to Elmore and we've spoken to those we want.
"We have sat down with a few players and told them what we can offer them and from what we have told them and what they have told us, they look quite keen to come.
"On the other hand, I found out from someone I know that another player I was after has trained with another team after saying he wanted to join us and has now been offered terms by them. That's what football is like these days though – it's often a game of cat and mouse between clubs."
Vinnicombe is keen to strengthen his squad following the difficult campaign the Eagles endured last season, when they finished rock bottom.
And he said: "I don't think we'll be changing the way we play.
"If you can bring in players who know how to play in your formation then it's all well and good because you don't have to teach them a new system.
"The problem we had last season is that it was hard to teach some of the younger players how to play in a system they didn't know and that cost us.
"We shouldn't have to teach them the system now that they have played that system for a while. And if we can get some more experienced players in, things should go well."