After a pre-season full of promise, but lacking the final ingredient goals, Rainworth MW manager Kevin Gee has moved to strengthen that department in readiness for the start of the Evo-Stik Division One South campaign.
The first of his acquisitions is Worksop Town frontman Nathan Modest, who has put pen to paper today.
The former Sheffield FC and Sheffield Wednesday player met with Manager Kevin Gee this morning and will join the new group this evening in preparation for the weekend game.
Kevin explained, “Our pre-season has gone really well, with the style of play I like to play, being well organised and functional, difficult to break down out of possession, and then having people who are comfortable in possession on transitions and restarts.
“However, just like last season, our Achilles heel has always been the lack of a cutting edge in the final third. This season with a much stronger squad in the other areas, it is becoming more frustrating and obvious that we need to strengthen this area.”
The tipping point came in the recent Sutton Town friendly when, although Rainworth created numerous chances, they were unable to convert any, hence Gee’s decision to act now.
He said: “Danny Buttle, for me, is one of the most consistent offensive wide players in our division, and supplies the type of quality crosses a striker dreams of.
“All that I feel is lacking at this moment in time is an experienced striker to convert them into goals.
“Therefore after meeting with the new chairman on Wednesday night, I’m grateful I’ve now been given the opportunity to bring in a couple of strikers and delighted that Nathan has become the first of them.
“It has been a frustrating time for Nathan over the last six months, being in and out of a Premier Division side. I’m sure that dropping down a division and building his confidence back up, he will have a huge impact with us.
“I watched Nathan four or five times last year and enquired about him then, without success. He’s quick, got good feet and, more importantly, works exceptionally hard out of possession.”
Gee is also hopeful that he will be able to give Rainworth’s loyal following further good news, in the next couple of days.
“I’ve got two or three other deals that I’m trying to get secured before the weekend,” he said.
“They have been agreed in principal with the managers; however it’s down to the players themselves wanting to drop down a level in order to play first team football.”