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Paul Wilkinson - Pre Season Update

29 June 2017

Watch the full interview on iFollow - includes footage from Thursday's training session. 

Grimsby Town assistant manager Paul Wilkinson says he and boss Russell Slade are working hard to bring more summer signings to the club.

The Mariners have captured the signatures of four new players so far this summer – wingers Sam Kelly and Siriki Dembele, central midfielder Mitch Rose, and centre-back Nathan Clarke.

Town have also had young goalkeepers Ben Killip, Oliver Pain, and Sam Ramsbottom on trial this week and the club’s management team are determined to bring more new faces to Blundell Park ahead of the 2017-18 season.

Speaking to iFollow, Wilkinson said: “We’re working very hard, as everybody is throughout the country. It tends to be that one triggers another one off, triggers another one off, and then things happen.

“Obviously you never know until people sign on the dotted line nowadays. Things change minute-by-minute and hour-by-hour, but we are working extremely hard and hopefully we’ll have some good news over the next couple of weeks.”

The assistant boss also went on to compliment Town’s new additions for their efforts so far in the first week of pre-season training.

“They’ve settled in very well. Obviously, it’s always a difficult time when you first come back – people are meeting different people, new lads are around the building, and new staff are around the building, so we’ve had a good week and obviously it’ll be nice in a couple of weeks when we take the trip down to Devon and everybody will get a bit of time together,” he said.

Wilkinson also gave a pre-season training update, and explained how the players have performed.

He said: “It’s been really good. Obviously the first week in pre-season is always a bit of a testing time for the players, but we’ve stuck to a strict regime and hopefully they’ve enjoyed it, and the most important thing is that they’ve got what they need out of it.

“We went to the Grimsby Institute and did some structured testing there. It was a really good day and the boys enjoyed it, and it’s important to try and strike up a relationship with the college now, and hopefully we can continue that throughout the season, and get regular testing which will give us good data.

“The lads put a terrific amount of effort in and it was a really good day for us, and it gives us some good guidelines.

“Back in the day there was never the issue about everybody training throughout the summer – you tended to rest throughout the summer, and maybe do a bit the week before you come back, but now they come back in decent shape and you can get the footballs out virtually straightaway.

“We’ve been up to Bradley today. We went on the 3G this morning and obviously with the weather we’ve had over the last 36 hours, everywhere’s flooded so we went on the 3G for a bit and then managed to get out on the grass for a little bit.

“And then this afternoon we went to Grimsby Leisure Centre swimming, so we’ve been trying to do one or two diverse things so it keeps the boys interested, but it’s also still part of the work. Tomorrow we’ve got a football morning and then tomorrow afternoon we’ll hopefully be at Oasis again.”


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