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Grantham Town boss signs new man for third time

Grantham Town have continued to build their squad with latest signing Luke Hinsley from Matlock Town.

The experienced 30-year-old arrives from the Derbyshire club to link up with manager Martin McIntosh once again, after the two had worked together at Buxton.

Hinsley is no stranger to the Northern Premier League, having already had two spells at Matlock as well as stints at Buxton, North Ferriby United and Frickley Athletic and is known for regularly contributing a healthy amount of goals each season.

Luke Hinsley has joined Grantham Town from Matlock Town. Photo: Jez Tighe. (38508945)
Luke Hinsley has joined Grantham Town from Matlock Town. Photo: Jez Tighe. (38508945)

Gingerbreads boss McIntosh was delighted to add Hinsley to his squad as preparations for next season begin to step up.

He told Grantham Town's Callum Boyle: “Luke is someone I’ve signed twice before and it’s another player with great experience at this level.

“He knows the league well and he is a welcome addition to the side and will add some healthy competition for places when it comes to games.

“Not only can Luke score goals, he is also very effective in both boxes and I am sure he will be vital in the season ahead.”

The attack-minded player has the ability to play across the midfield, as well as leading the forward line which he is predominantly known for, and McIntosh admitted his versatility is one of the reasons behind his decision to sign him.

The Grantham boss said: “He is a very versatile player who can play anywhere across the midfield, also as one of the front two men and even in the position just behind a front two.

“Like a lot of the players in this squad he can play a number of positions which is very important when it comes to the flexibility of the squad.

“It’s a long hard season where the games come thick and fast and players will need to be called upon to play different positions throughout the season and Luke is no different to that which is very important.”

As McIntosh continues to build his squad, one of his most important factors is trust with many of the players having either previously played with each other or under the Grantham boss – but McIntosh admitted that whilst he wants quality on the pitch, he also wants the right personality too.

“Every single player I have signed, me and Tim [Ryan] my assistant know well from previous experiences” said McIntosh.

“A lot of them know each other as well from playing with each other before and a lot of them also live in and around the same area, too.

“When signing a player, not only do I look for one that is capable of playing in this league, but also that they are the right person with the right attitude, too, who will fit in with what you have.

“It’s very important that you have players that will get on well and gel quickly.”

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