Stocksbridge Park Steels’ players returned for pre-season training last weekend, as new boss Chris Hilton steps up his reshaping of the squad following last season’s relegation from the Premier Division.
Hilton has already brought in central defender Ryan Laight, winger Chris White and striker Lee Garside, as well as persuading last season’s top scorer Nathan Joynes to extend his stay at Bracken Moor.
“At the moment we’re looking to strengthen all areas of the squad,” said Hilton.
“We’ve had around 25 to 30 players in for the training sessions, including a number of trialists that we’ve invited down that we’ll take a look at.
“I’m looking at a squad of around 20 players but it could be a month into the season before we’ve got the squad we’re happy with.
“Players often sign for other clubs on better terms but then after a month or so find they’re not getting in the team, so sometimes it’s a case of being patient.”
Hallam boss Steve Toyne is set to make his first signings of the summer - but is remaining tight lipped until the players have put pen to paper.
The one-time Dinnington Town supremo took over at Sandygate at the end of last season and is seen as the man to guide the Countrymen back to the NCEL Premier Division.
The Countrymen are already back in pre-season training ahead of the new NCEL campaign which gets underway on Saturday, August 30.
“We’ve been working as hard as possible to get players in,” said Toyne.
“There will be no signings over the next few days, but we’ve lined up an experienced goalkeeper and a couple of players that have been at league clubs.”
Hallam play their first warm up game next Saturday away at Swallownest ahead of high profile home friendlies against Chesterfield on Monday July 14, followed by Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday on July 21 and 28 respectively.
One of Worksop’s most famous sons has come to the aid of the Town’s football club, after the Tigers announced that Lee Westwood had agreed to a sponsorship deal.
Both the Tigers’ home and away shirts will have the logo of the Lee Westfield Golf School on the front, in a deal believed to be worth around £20,000.
The golf star, now a Florida resident, was delighted to be able to offer his support to the club whose existence had been under threat since owner Jason Clark walked away at the end of last season.
“Worksop will always be my home: people will always associate me with my home town and I’m proud of my roots,” said Westwood.
“The idea of sponsoring the shirts for the coming season was an ideal way of showing my support for the club.”
Worksop Town Supporters trust chairman Kev Keep welcomed the news: “It’s fantastic for the fans, and Worksop in general, to see such a high profile sportsman backing the Tigers,” he said.