ROCESTER manager Mark Kavanagh has snapped up Gresley youngster Ryan Rutland and former Newcastle Town midfielder Paul Whalley – and further new signings could be on their way.
“Paul will give us some much-needed experience,” said Kavanagh. “He’s a big commanding midfielder.
“I’ve been very impressed by him.
“Ryan is 19 and is a good young prospect.
“He’s bided his time at Gresley but has not been able to break through and now wants first team football.
“He’s another midfielder and fits in with what we are trying to do here.”
Rocester take a welcome break from league action this weekend after back-to-back defeats in the Midland Alliance.
Kavanagh has organised a friendly against Cheshire League outfit Sandbach United tomorrow, and will run the rule over further potential recruits.
He said: “It gives us an opportunity to have a look at them, and also an opportunity to have a bit of a break.
“There’s no point in signing players unless they are better than what we have got.
“But the nice thing is I am not chasing these players – they are coming to me.
“They see our facilities, how we train, and are impressed by how do our work.”
The Romans are 14th in the Midland Alliance table, having picked up just seven points from eight games, but Kavanagh is unworried by his side’s lowly early position.
He said: “I think we will be fine.
“I’m not saying we’ll run off with the league or anything, but I think we’ll be fine in terms of remaining in this league.
“If we finish between 10th and 14th, considering the average age of the side is just 19, that will give us a good base to build on.
“It’s a whole new squad and we’re adding to it weekly.”
Kavanagh does admit that his side need to eliminate the errors that have cost Rocester points in recent defeats against Causeway United and Alvechurch.
“On Saturday (against Causeway) we were the better side again for periods of the game and lost.
“Basically it came down to silly mistakes.
“It is a young side and learning, but we have to learn that little bit quicker.”