Struggling Trinity aim to recruit key duo ahead of Barrow clash
Steve Housham's plans to rescue his ailing side have been boosted as he closed in on two new players.
The Gainsborough Trinity manager is desperate to improve the club's situation after six defeats from six games has left the Blues rock bottom of the Skrill North table.
Housham, though, has identified two new faces who could be included for Saturday's visit of his former club Barrow.
One of them, an experienced central midfielder, will train with the side tonight (Thursday) with a view to signing on a non-contract basis.
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The player, described by Housham as an experienced campaigner, is expected to slot straight into the Blues' starting line-up in the absence of captain Michael Leary, who has now been ruled out for eight weeks due to an ankle injury.
The Trinity boss is also closing in on a central defender and hopes to add both new faces to the squad list for this coming weekend.
"Negotiations are on-going, so I am not able to reveal their names until it is all signed and sealed," Housham said.
"The central midfielder, though, is a player I almost signed last season. I have been in regular touch with him and now he is a free agent we are hoping to get him in.
"He is an experienced campaigner, but as well as that, he is a character, a leader on the pitch and he would fit the bill for us.
"The defender, though, is a bit more complicated. The player is very capable of playing in the Football League and probably wants to do that.
"But if he is not able to get a club this week, we may be able to get him to Gainsborough."
Housham stepped up his efforts to bring in new faces following Trinity's sixth defeat in six games last Saturday.
For the first time the manager publicly berated his players and he now hopes to get a 'fighting' response from them.
"It could go either way," he said. "They could come back and say 'right I'll show you', or they could go into a sulk. I don't need sulkers at this football club.
"It's not something I would normally do (criticising), but there were more basic errors and you get punished for them at this level.
"I have always said to the players if they give me ammunition I will always back them, but they are not giving me anything. I have to stand by what I said last week."
Housham also had praise for the professionalism shown by departing player/coach Ryan Williams, who has joined Scarborough this week on a pay as you play basis.
"It was all down to Ryan," Housham said. "He just kept saying take my wages and use the money for the good of the team.
"His work commitments changed and he was struggling to get to training every week. He has been very professional about it. He is a great character and a great person and we wish him nothing but the best."