Simon says Housham is worth a great deal

FA Trophy 3rd round. Gainsborough Trinity v Tamworth. Trinity player Simon Russell scores G130112-1e

FA Trophy 3rd round. Gainsborough Trinity v Tamworth. Trinity player Simon Russell scores G130112-1e

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Trinity midfielder Simon Russell has welcomed the news that boss Steve Housham is sign a two year deal at the club.

Housham’s new contract mirrors the one that Russell himself signed, to stay on the Northolme until 2016.

And the 29-year-old said the dressing room will be delighted.

“He’s a great character,” said former Kidderminster Harrier Russell.

“He gets the best of our the players, he motivates you.”

“His enthusiasm rubs off on people and that’s why all the lads love playing for him.”

It was Housham who brought Russell to Gainsborough 18 months ago, and the 29-year-old turned into an important signing – almost an ever-present last season in the middle of the park.

He said: “Housh has been spot on with me, from day one.”

“I’ve played quite well under him, it always helps if a manager lets you play your football.”

That said, Housham hasn’t had his men playing much football in pre-season yet, with the Trinity squad going through gruelling fitness work.

Russell said he was impressed with the shape of his team-mates so early in the summer.

“We’ve not been back long, but some of it has been quite tough,” he said.

“Usually you have a few lads who’ve had a great summer andnot done a lot, but everyone has come back in great shape.”

“I’ve been quite impressed with everyone, and there are a few young lads hoping to come in and make an impact.”

Russell and his team-mates will be seeing plenty of the ball next week, however, with four matches scheduled – starting on Saturday with the visit to Brigg Town.

“It’s good to get back into it, it’s all about match fitness because you can do as much training as you like, but playing games gets you fit.”

And once the squad are fit enough for the Conference North season, attention will turn to improving on last season’s 16th-place finish.

Looking at the first three games of the season, at home to Hednesford and away at Barrow and Brackley, Russell quipped: “I don’t think we can start much worse than we did last season, and we’ll be the underdogs in a lot of games so we can relax and play our football.”

“It’s going to be a tough league, when you see a lot of the teams spending big money.”

“But last season was really poor, we definitely want to improve.”

Steve Housham is running a football fun day on 27th July for Under 8s, 9s and 11s on the Northolme.

The entry fee per team is £15 and anyone interested in entering a team should contact the club secretary David Tinsley on davidtinsley@yahoo.co.uk.

Housham and the coaching team are also running a four day Soccer School on the Northolme from Monday 5th August to Thursday 8th for youngsters aged six to 13.

The cost is £25 per day or £80 for four days.

Anyone interested should contact the club secretary.