Gainsborough Trinity have completed the double signing of Matt Sparrow and Matthew Templeton in time for the weekends’ fixture with Tamworth.
Sparrow an experienced midfielder, who played 369 times for league neighbours Scunthorpe United amongst nearly 450 league appearances, arrives via a spell abroad playing in Australia.
The signing of Sparrow has long been in the offing, the club having to wait for International Clearance from the Australian FA before announcing the signing.
Matt, at 35 years of age boasts a wealth of experience which will be vital to a young Gainsborough team. In his 16 year long professional playing career, Sparrow has represented Scunthorpe, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crawley Town & Cheltenham.
Back in 2008-09 the midfielder scored the opening goal at Wembley in a 3-2 win over Millwall that saw the side promoted to the Championship. Another successful season saw Matt Sparrow help his Brighton side to promotion as he continued racking up appearances.
Of the signing Roma said: “I’ve pursued Matt for a while now, getting the clearance has been more difficult than I’d have imagined, but I’m sure he will compliment the young side Fozzie and I have assembled.
He will come in, be a voice on the pitch, pull us around and organise us. That’s something we have identified as needing and are delighted to have him on board. The youngsters will certainly learn a lot from someone who has been there and done it and that can only be a good thing for Gainsborough Trinity Football Club.”
“As soon as we were made aware that he was returning to England, we put the wheels in motion to entice him to Gainsborough. In fairness to him, that wasn’t too difficult as he already has a good understanding of football in the local area and the standard we are playing at.
Even at 35, he has looked after himself well and comes here in good physical condition. He may take a little time to reacclimatise to the English conditions, but I know from conversations he’s ready and raring to go.”
Matthew Templeton joins on loan from Barnsley where he was most recently involved in the match day squad last weekend. At the other end of his career, Templeton comes to the club looking to play regular football and build on a promising start to his Barnsley career, in which he has already opened his account, scoring against Blackpool in a 4-2 win.
Of the 19 year old Worksop born winger, who can also play at full back, Roma had this to say: “Matthew is a young, hungry professional that has recently had a taste of first team football with high flying Barnsley and comes to us looking to play regular football and develop as a player.
He’s a versatile young lad and that flexibility will give us options in the coming weeks.”
“Templeton has a good engine, gets up and down the wing well and despite his tender years has the ability to tuck in, that will help when we need to become more compact.
The signing of Matthew became more of a necessity with the news that Darnelle Bailey-King broke his shoulder whilst playing for the Rotherham United youth team during the week leaving him facing a prolonged period on the sidelines.”
Meanwhile Trinity announced a number of players leaving their squad.
Jonathan Hedge has taken up a coaching positon at Barnsley meaning he is no longer available as a player.
Jake Scott has signed for Shaw Lane after having his contract mutually cancelled with the player looking for more game time.
A similar situation with Jacob Hazel who signed on loan for three months with Farsley Celtic, starting Saturday 20th September.
Liam Davis has joined Cleethorpes Town FC, with work commitments playing a large part in his decision as he opens his second restaurant in the area and the time he needs to put into making the business venture work leaves time at a premium.