Yates Discusses Transfers & Signings
Manager Mark Yates has talked about our recent additions and the return of players to the training pitch for our pre season preparations.
With goalkeeper Trevor Carson being our latest addition, in his interview with the Official Site our manager talked about him first.
'It's brilliant to bring Trevor in. It has taken me a bit of time because he's been away on honeymoon so the deal was done last week but I couldn't get anything confirmed. We had given each other our words but you always want to make sure. We're really pleased because we lost Scotty so all of a sudden you're looking for something different and it's something we have had to be concerned with over the last few years. He is the right age, the right type and I'm absolutely delighted we have managed to get him.'
As for pre season training more specifically, the gaffer goes on to say that the management staff had the players in for a few days last week for bits and pieces to get them ready for the proper return, and he admits that some have admitted they were a bit sore, but ultimately that's why they had a few sessions ahead of time because it will all help.
'Ian Hutton said they worked really hard, did what he asked of them and that will serve them well going forward. The first couple of weeks are about fitness, endurance and making sure the base is there to work from but we will also do a lot of team stuff early on. I'm looking forward to it because we have changed a few things but we want a good start to the season and a good pre season.'
In terms of additional players being added to the squad, Yates also confirmed that he had a few wingers from non league level on trial with us at the minute, because they had attracted a bit of attention and if they fit, he wants to make sure he doesn't lose them. He also says we have a midfielder on trial from Nottingham Forest who has been recommended to him, and taking players on trial, whilst no guarantee even with recommendations, is never a wasted effort and it's something he feels all clubs should be open to because it allows you to really judge a player both in terms of their ability, but also their attitude and how they fit with the wider group, so you learn so much more than just 'watching' them for 90 minutes.
Whilst refusing to name check anybody else, the gaffer also said we have Neal Trotman training with us at the minute, because he wants to have a closer look at him and then we'll see what the future brings.
27 year old Trotman, was with Plymouth Argyle last season, and he played 48 times for them.