Worksop Town talking to targets in ‘slow process’ but new midfielder could sign tonight

Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Worksop Town are talking to a number of potential signings, with one in particular close to a deal with the NCEL Premier club.

Boss Mark Shaw told the Guardian it has been a slow process, but was hopeful of bringing in at least one new face before the weekend’s game against Athersley Recreation.

He revealed: “We’re speaking to players, we’re still in negotiations with a handful that we’re trying to entice in.

“Hopefully a player is coming in tonight, he’ll be training with us – a midfielder.

“Unfortunately it’s a slow process, a lot of players are weighing up their options and we’re trying to, I hate to say it, entice them down to our level.”

Any perceived delay in recruitment may stem from Worksop’s current status in the football pyramid, and the quality of the players they want to bring in.

Shaw said: “We’re not just looking at players who are going to be a part of the squad and play a few minutes, we want players to improve us.

“Replacing the players we’ve lost has been really difficult.

“I refuse to bring players in who I don’t believe will help us develop in the long run, and not just the short term.”

Tigers are due to play their first game of 2016 on Saturday, but having seen the Sandy Lane pitch earlier in the week, Shaw isn’t holding his breath.

He has been preparing the players for action however.

“They’ve worked hard to be fair, they’ve come back in good shape and working hard and that’s encouraging,” he said.

“We’ll have another hard session tonight ahead of what will probably be a game called off.

“After the rain on Monday there was standing water on the pitch, and with the weather we’ve had overnight and this morning, I have a feeling the game won’t be on.”