Ryan Hindley says he can’t wait for the new season to get started as he settles into life as manager of Worksop Town.
Hindley was appointed last week to replace Jon Kennedy as Tigers manager, having steered Hallam to a fifth-place finish in NCEL Division One last season. Kennedy will remain at the club as player/assistant manager.
And the new boss is now hoping to continue his progression as a coach whilst at the same time helping Worksop to fulfil their potential.
He said: “This is a massive club, the biggest non-league club in the area, and it was an opportunity I simply couldn’t turn down.
“When a club like this comes knocking you don’t want to live with regrets if you don’t take the chance. Worksop Town are in a good place at the moment with huge potential to get back to where they were not so long ago.
“I’m just frustrated that we’ve got so long to wait until pre-season starts as I’m absolutely desperate to get started, but you have to be patient and it’s allowing us the chance to put plans together properly both on and off the pitch.”
Hindley says he expects to make several additions to the Tigers squad but also made it clear he will give those who represented Worksop last season the chance to stake a claim for a place in his team.
He said: “Everyone has been invited back. Whether players will want to take up that opportunity, and if they do so whether they’re able to show me they’ve got what it takes to be part of the team, remains to be seen, but I hope many will want to stay.
“We’ve already signed a few up in the shape of Adam Scott, Kyle Jordan, Jon Kennedy and Mitch Husbands and Steve Woolley is back with us too so that’s a great start.”
Hindley added that he is close to bringing three players with him from Hallam, all of whom played key roles in them reaching the play-offs last season.
He said: “Sometimes players move with managers and these are lads I brought to Hallam myself and who I feel earned the right to play at a higher level based on what they did for me last season.
“I want their reward to be a place at a club that plays in front of big crowds on a great surface and that has superb support both home and away, and I think they’ll respond well to that and cope with the step up.”
With regard to expectations for next season, Hindley knows the pressures involved in being associated with a club the size of Worksop in relation to the rest of the division, but says targets have to be realistic.
He said: “It’s a tough division, everyone knows that, and there are some good sides competing against us including several who are putting good money towards it.
“But finances aren’t everything. We’re keen to attract quality players here by selling the club to them - the big gates and excellent setup here can quite often outweigh a better financial offer from somewhere else.
“The players will be worked very hard, make no mistake, but I want us to at the very least be firstly challenging for a top six place and firmly believe we can achieve that, then who knows where we can go after that?”