Old boss helps find new stars

Gainsborough Trinity's open trials - Steve Housham talks to the potential recruits
Gainsborough Trinity's open trials - Steve Housham talks to the potential recruits

MORE than 30 hopefuls turned up to prove themselves in front of Gainsborough Trinity coaching staff on Tuesday, including an ‘old face’.

With manager Brian Little returning from a holiday, football development manager Steve Housham took charge of the open trial, and was assisted by former Blues boss Steve Charles.

Speaking to the Standard, club chairman Swann said that Charles was involved with the full support of his successor.

“Brian is more than happy with Steve being here,” he said.

“He has a great eye for talent and knows what to look for in a footballer.”

“There is no ill feeling between us. He is still a fantastic coach and I’m delighted to have him down to cast his eye over the players.”

With 19 players confirmed as part of the first team squad, Swann admits that the window of opportunity for the trialists is a small one.

“We are nearly at the point we want to be regarding players.”

“There are still a few slots available – probably on a non-contract basis – and we hope we can invite a few players from these sessions down for pre-season training.”

One player within the current squad who has attracted admiring glances is striker Ryan Kendall, and Swann admits that there has been interest from other clubs for the former Hull City youngster.

“We take it as a compliment that other clubs are considering bidding for our players.”

“There has been interest from Alfreton but there has been no formal offer.”

“Although I very much want to keep Ryan and see him as part of our long term plans, every player has his price and we won’t stop a player being ambitious.”

One recent addition to the squad has been Rory Coleman, who has signed following his release from Scunthorpe United.

Housham played a key role in the full-back joining the club, and says that the youngster could well be the missing piece of the Trinity jigsaw.

“Rory is an exceptional young lad, and is the left-back we have been looking for over the past month or so.”

“He’s young and ambitious, and fits the mould of the player we are looking for.”

“These lads want to get back into professional football, and we will reap the benefits of that.”

Regarding the trials, Housham was upbeat about the standard of player attending.

“We did our homework and spoke to lads who had been released by Lincoln City, Grimsby Town and the Sheffield clubs, and made sure they were invited.”

“To see so many turn up is great, but it is also good to see a few local league players here.”

“There is always that chance that we may unearth a new star for the club,” added the former Brigg boss.