Albans: Talented youngsters are key to GranthamTown’s future

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As Grantham Town this week signed another promising teenager, joint manager Jimmy Albans said the key to strengthening the club would have to come from more talented, young blood.

Albans said that as in previous seasons, himself and co-boss Wayne Hallcro have their hands tied as far as the wage budget is concerned, and so investing in players with a wealth of experience was not possible.

Hallcro said: “There is no doubt that the squad could do with strengthening in two or three positions. But as in every other season, we have a budget to work to. So, we work with what we are able to bring in. Talented youngsters. Players we are bringing in are the future of this football club if we look after them and develop them right and make them want to stay here.

“Alex Troke is another in that mould. Good experience already under his belt, but at 19, he has so much to offer. We have players who will bide their time here because they know we will help develop them and do the right things the right way.

“Ash Robinson is another example. He has been so patient. He has worked hard in training, been patient and done his best when the chances have come his way.”

Looking to tomorrow’s home game against Frickly Athletic, Albans said he expected a hard encounter. He said the Gingerbreads needed to garner points from every game if they were to maintain or increase the gap between themselves and their lower placed rivals.

Albans said: “Saturday against Frickley is a huge game. But it is no different to every other game when you are in the league position we are in. Frickley is the next one, so, yes, it is a tough game.

“They will be a very hard physical side, but fair. I don’t expect them to give us a moment’s rest, and to work very hard.

“We need to get three points at home as it seems a long time since we have done so.”

Kick-off tomorrow is 3pm.