I hit the ground running at TNS and add some members to my backroom staff, which was looking a bit thin on the ground when I took over (apart from on the physio front). A couple of job adverts pay off and I’m pleased to announce that Mario Colucci (scout), Paul Reilly (youth coach), Chris Adamson (GK coach) and Graham Potter (coach) have all joined.
On the playing front, I look to have inherited an excellent player in Joseph Oastler
However, the problem is that he is my best centre back, right back, defensive midfielder and central midfielder. As cloning is not an option, it looks as though pre-season is going to involve finding out how I can get him in the team so we are at our most effective.
I have added to the squad so that we can (hopefully!) mount a title challenge for the upcoming season. With the team lacking in creativity, I start with a signing in the obvious position: goalkeeper. Well, it stands to reason that if we’re going to become more creative and attacking, there might be a gap or two at the back that wasn’t there before, so it’s not going to hurt having a good goalkeeper. Andrew McNeil is the man brought in on a free after having been released by Partick Thistle.
Youngster Bagsan Graham is quickly snapped up after having been released by QPR. He’s an attacking midfielder/striker and is only 18 years old. Might need a bit of work on his passing, but his finishing and composure look promising (hopefully a few goals!) and he brings that all important creativity to the team.
Irish striker David Mooney also joins us. Mooney had been released from Reading, but had spent time on loan at Colchester in the previous season. Over his career, he’s scoring around 1 goal in 3, but I’m hoping that with a regular run in a side, he’s going to do better than that. What should help is that he’s likely to be our penalty taker.
I had been on the verge of signing Zambian left winger Clifford Mulenga, but in the end he decided on the delights of Hamilton. A disappointment, but we will continue to look to strengthen. The fixtures are due out in the next few days, so I can get pre-season properly sorted out and my players up to match fitness ahead of our opening game.