Gainsborough Trinity defender Josh Wilde insists the club was always his first choice for 2013/14, regardless of interest from Boston United.
Despite the protracted nature of the talks and interest from the club’s rivals, Wilde says that a return the Northolme was foremost in his mind.
“I always wanted to come back to Gainsborough,” said Wilde.
“I’ve heard lots of talk of meetings with Boston, but the reality is that I chatted with Dennis Greene a couple of times on the phone – it never went further than that.”
The defender was initially unhappy with the reduced terms offered by Trinity following the expiry of the club’s re-engagement offer, buthe penned a new deal at the Northolme following discussions with the club’s players and management.
“Steve (Housham) laid out his plans for the club initially, but talking with guys like Dominic Roma and (Commercial Director) John Myskiw really got me on board.”
“Staying at the club is going to benefit me and I want to repay the faith shown in me.”
Wilde admits there was a lot of confusion around the club’s offer of re-engagement, which caused him to miss the boat on their original offer.
“I didn’t get back to the club within the 28 days that the rules say,” admitted Wilde.
“I wasn’t completely sure how it worked, and when I was offered another deal after that time I wasn’t happy with it.”
“I kept in contact with Steve and eventually took the offer.”
Looking ahead to next season, Wilde says that the team is shaping up well.
“We’ve kept three of the back four from last season, and added Tom Ward who is an exciting player. We’ve also added Phil Barnes which is a real boost.”
“Pre-season games will be a good indicator for us and we all have confidence that Steve will bring in extra players if necessary, but it will probably be more adding depth”
Housham was delighted to secure a deal for Wilde, who he calls “a key piece of the jigsaw”.
“I think he had a few people in his ear at the time of the initial offer but it’s great to have him back. He’s taken a pay cut to be here because he wants to play for Gainsborough Trinity.”