Blues boss Steve Housham has got his ‘buzz’ back, as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging in the top half of the National League North.
After adding Boston United hero Marc Newsham to the Gainsborough Trinity ranks, Housham admitted he’s rediscovered his excitement for the job.
Newsham joins fellow arrivals Nathan Jarman, Matty Wilson and Jonathan D’Laryea in what will be a new-look squad at the Martin and Co Arena.
And Housham, approaching four years in the job, can’t wait to start working with them.
He told the Standard: “We’ve strengthened from last season, they’re all big name signings.
“Myself and the chairman have sold the club and our ambitions to them and I’m over the moon to have them on board.
“We start back on 27th June and I can’t wait – it’s the first season we’ve had everything sorted early in pre-season, both on and off the pitch.
“I’ve got that buzz back again, we’re going to be competitive this year.”
Housham is proud of the fact that Trinity have kept their National League North status intact since the departure of financial backer Peter Swann.
He’s been yearning for a chance to compete at the top end of the table again, and the belief around the club is that this squad can do just that.
“I love football, but the last couple of seasons have been tough – people were happy at not getting relegated but that’s not what I look forward to,” he said.
“We tried our best with the resources and personnel we’ve had, but we were never going to be top 10.
“This year we’ve got the excitement back, the chairman is doing an awful lot off the field, the season tickets are going remarkably well and my job is to get ready for Saturday 27th, that’s when our season starts.”
With his forays into the ‘transfer’ market likely to be finished, former Scunthorpe midfielder Housham will now cast his eye over a number of triallists during pre-season training.