Toolstation Western League
Published 4th July 2011
....signings of the summer.signings of the summer.
A number of potential new recruits have been joining in the pre-season training at Horsdon Park, which began two weeks ago.
But nobody has signed on the dotted line yet as the club looks to bolster its ranks after finishing last season rooted to the foot of the First Division table.
But Vinnicombe, who joined Elmore in December after a brief stint in charge of Tiverton Town, is encouraged by the calibre of the potential signings and feels it is just a matter of time before they sign up.
"We have had three pre-season training sessions now and we've had lots of new faces in," he said.
"We have had a really good look at a number of players we would like to bring to Elmore and have told them that. We have spoken to the ones we would like to keep and they have told us that they would like to have a look at some other teams before making their decision, which is fair enough.
"It is hard in a way because you just want them to come to Elmore so you can then plan for the season ahead.
"It is all going well overall though. There are probably five or six of the players we have seen who we would like to keep and who we feel would take us into the top half of the table or above.
"A couple are definitely coming back to train with us again and I am hopeful of bringing a few in soon."
Vinnicombe has previously stated he would like to bring in up to seven new players, in addition to retaining the majority of his current playing squad, before the new season begins.
And he was quick to praise the attitude of some of the returning players from last season's squad after making it clear they were by no means guaranteed a starting berth should new signings arrive.
"Of the players who came back after the summer, they are looking really good and are training well," Vinnicombe said.
"We told them there were players we would be bringing in and that they may not get their starting place back, but they know the score and are back and fighting for their places.
"That is part and parcel of football though – players have to fight for their place or go and play somewhere else."