Gainsborough Trinity manager Dave Frecklington wasted little time in unveiling more new signings to bolster his side that avoided relegation on a dramatic final day.
The Blues’ boss has strengthened his midfield and attacking options with the latest two captures.
Craig King a forward, who can play anywhere across the front line, signs from league rivals Salford City.
The second addition is that of Shane Clarke, the midfielder who returns to the club for a second spell, arriving from Lincolnshire rivals Boston United.
Both players bring a wealth of National League North experience, which will be vital as Gainsborough look to improve on their nineteenth-placed finish and King is eager to get started.
“I’m happy to be signing for Gainsborough and am really looking forward to showing what I can do and to start another chapter in my career.”
Prior to signing for Salford, King won the player of the year award at Bradford Park Avenue and he is no stranger to Freckkington, who said: “Craig is a player I’ve seen progress up the ladder since having him at Worksop Town, where I was his assistant-manager. He’s a work horse who possesses great skills and his awareness is right up there with the best in the league. He’s a player who’s used to winning football matches at Salford City and to get him to
Gainsborough is a fantastic coup.”
Frecklington continued: “He’s now coming into his best years as a player with good experience at this level. Our relationship has been key in him coming to the football club and his character fits the bill in my changing room, but more importantly he’s a winner and a team player, which I’m sure will go down well with all the Trinity supporters. I can’t wait to get working with him again.”
The arrival of 29-year-old midfielder Shane Clarke at the Martin & Co Arena for a second spell is also a signing Frecklington is delighted to announce: “Shane’s been on my radar since I took over at Gainsborough. I’ve been a long-term admirer of his play and his leadership qualities are of the highest level.
“At 29 I believe his best years are coming up and he adds invaluable experience to this young group. Shane is another born winner and his physicality will be a major asset to our midfield department.”
Having previously spent two years at Gainsborough, the midfielder also has National League North experience at Tamworth where he hit 7 goals from midfield in a prolific season.
Having started his career in the league, at Sincil Bank, the former Imp will be a vital addition to the Trinity squad.
A Lincolnshire-based Physical Training Instructor, away from the game, Frecklington pointed out: “He’s a fit boy and another local lad with a point to prove after a difficult season at Boston United, but more importantly he is another great character to have around the changing room and is someone who will be a major asset us this season.”
On signing on the dotted line, the all-action midfielder proclaimed: “I’m really excited to be re-joining Trinity. I had two enjoyable seasons last time around and I’m hoping for more of the same really. It wasn’t a hard decision at all, regardless of other offers. Dave Frecklington is a manager I want to play for and hopefully I can chip in with a few goals from midfield and surprise a lot of people by exceeding last year’s league table finish!”
They join Trinity`s two earlier recruits in Jonathan Wafula and Ellis Storey.
Meanwhile, Jack Mcgovern and Cecil Nyoni have agreed terms to stay at the club for next season.
Frecklington added: “I`m really pleased as both were superb in the great escape and deserve a crack at a full pre-season to compete for a place in the team. Cecil along with Shane brings us some real physicality and aggression and Jack adds quality and loves to get forward, his energy is a real asset to the group and has an eye for scoring important goals”.