MARK Grimley is hopeful he may be able to unveil a major transfer coup this summer as his Uttoxeter Town team prepare for life in the Midland Football League.
Grimley revealed that talks are ongoing with potential new recruits ahead of the start of pre-season training later this month, although he can’t reveal any names until they have signed on the dotted line so as not to alert other possible suitors.
According to Grimley, one of the players he has been in conversation with could be a marquee signing that will make Uttoxeter’s rivals ‘sit up and take note’.
He told the Post and Times: “We have spoken to four or five players who we are confident will join up with us for pre-season but until they sign on the dotted line we can’t reveal who they are as it is a competitive market out there.
“We knew where we needed to strengthen and we feel we will have done that if these signings come off.
“One of the signings would be a really major coup. He is from really good stock and a really good family and he has been making all the right noises that he is keen and wants to play for Uttoxeter.
“If he does sign it will be really exciting for the club and really make people out there take us seriously.”
Uttoxeter Town narrowly missed out on being crowned champions of the Staffordshire Senior League during the last campaign.
As a result, with the nucleus of a strong side already at Oldfields, this summer is as much about player retention as it is player recruitment, with interest in Town’s star players rife.
Grimley said: “There has been plenty of interest in our lads which is not a surprise as all of them could probably play at a higher level.
“James Curley has had offers from around four clubs, while Alex Langridge, Alex Woods and Liam Sowter have also had offers.
“However, they’re Uttoxeter boys and want to play for their local team and they have committed to us for this season which is a big boost.”
Grimley added that any new players coming in to Uttoxeter during the close season need to be made of the right stuff.
He said: “We look at the DNA of players as much as their ability. We had a couple of players come in last year where we knew the fit wasn’t quite right.
“If players are putting in the work then we have a group here who will soon let them know. When you’re not getting paid it’s important we keep the core values of the football club.
“They are local lads who have done really well and we hope to get them pushing on again this year and people coming in have to buy into that.”