Gainsborough Trinity’s boss Dominic Roma admits he can’t wait for the season to get under way after completing his first pieces of business in the summer.
Roma, who initially joined the club as a player, became the interim manager towards the end of the last season but is now there on a permanent deal.
He has already started to get players in and he spoke about the process involved saying “It’s been interesting, obviously dealing with players and sorting contracts has been an eye opener. I was on that side of the fence last season, it is something I have enjoyed doing bringing in lads who I think will make us competitive next season.
I know the lads will try to get the best deals for them, I am trying to sell the club for how different aspects of the club are compared to others.”
When looking at his decision to move into management Roma feels it is the right time to do it “It was always something I thought, I would do when I finished playing, I had nine games in charge, I kept the side in the league. I had a chat with the chairman before a game and I was delighted to be told I could have a chance for this campaign.”
“I have been involved in this league for nearly 10 years, I have been at Gainsborough for a while.
I felt I had a season or two left in me playing wise, but when you think you are ready to retire playing the call like this may not have come, so I feel ready for it, I also have a good experienced assistant as well to call on, getting Martin Foster in was something I really wanted to happen.”
One of Roma’s first signings was Jacob Hazel who arrives from Frickley after a fine season with the side and the manager believes he has a player who can deliver.
“My assistant played with him at Mickleover and he scored 20 plus goals then he made the step-up with Frickley in the league last season and scored more than 20 he is still maturing.
He is only 22 and I think he brings something different to the forward line.”
Now looking at the upcoming months Roma knows it will be a challange but one he feels he can do well in: “I am really looking forward to pre-season, we have a plan, it was be specific, I hope it will prepare us and get us ready for the tough league.
Darlington, Salford, FC Halifax Town and Altrincham are all big teams who bring something good to the league, then we have Boston which is a local derby for the side, the lads that have signed know we will have some good and big games, they know the challenge and I can’t wait for it to begin.”
Interview: Tom Feaheny (@thomasfeaheny)