RAINWORTH MW manager Kevin Gee has been active in the transfer market over the past week as he seeks to boost his squad for the remainder of the season.
As already reported, defender Lee Cooksey has returned to Sheffield, and following him out of Kirklington Road, albeit only on a month’s loan, is fellow defender Adam Burton, who has been sent to Shirebrook Town in order to gain some match minutes.
Coming in are Sam Purcicoe on a month’s loan from Premier Division Grantham Town, and central defender Dean Whiley from Quorn.
On the latest activity Manager Kevin Gee explained: “I got a call from Sheffield about Cooksey, so I approached Lee about it, and taking into consideration the package offered at Sheffield plus the fact that it is nearer his home, and having regard to Lee’s own situation next year, there were too many positives for him not to make the move.
“He’s been a terrific servant for the club so he goes with our blessing, and everyone at the club wishes him well.
“Adam will go out on loan for a month to Shirebrook where I know Mark Shaw will look after him, and of course he will be playing games.
“He was superb for me last season, but this year it just hasn’t happened for him for one reason or another.
“I believe he will still play at this level, and he knows the door is still open to him with us. But he needs now to kick on in terms of his development if he wants to be a centre half at this level. He can’t work on that if he’s not playing, so the temporary change of scenery will do him good.
“In respect of the two additions, I’m pleased to get both on board.
“Sam played virtually every game with Grantham when they got promoted from our division last year.
“He is a player who can fill a number of positions, and that versatility is very important to a club like ours with a small squad.
“Sam is still very much a part of the Grantham set up, but with a bigger squad at the Premier club, and the fact that he lives locally, it gives him an opportunity to play some games and keep his fitness levels up.
“Unfortunately he was cup-tied for the Eastwood game so he will not be available until the weekend trip to Newcastle Town, but he will train with us this week.
“Dean is another who we have tracked during the season but unfortunately, with work commitments plus the recent birth of his child, he hasn’t had chance to get back into things since leaving Quorn.
“However, again with Dean being local to us and of course good friends with a number of our squad, I’m hopeful that once his work load eases a little he maybe able to start training with us and get involved in the latter stages of the season.
“I really do believe there is an abundance of quality players in our catchment area, but probably with the label the club has of being new kids on the block, it is sometimes hard trying to attract good, experienced players to club, when the easy option is to go to a more established club with a long tradition of playing at this level.
“But, hopefully with the progress the club is now making on the field as well, a few during the close season may look at us as a more viable option rather than having to travel to clubs to play in the same standard next season.”
On Saturday the Wrens will be looking to put behind them the disappointment of their Doodson Sport Cup exit at Eastwood Town, and hope to bounce back when they visit Newcastle Town for their first Evo-Stik NPL Division One South game in three weeks.
The Wrens had dominated the first half at Premier Division strugglers Eastwood, despite playing into the teeth of a gale and intermittent driving rain, but turned round an against-the-play goal down.
However, they never managed to turn the conditions to their advantage after the interval as the Badgers found a new lease of life to progress to the quarter-final.
The Wrens remain in one more cup competition, the Notts Senior Cup, in which they begin their campaign at the third round stage at Central Midlands club Newark Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).