Grimsby Town Women's manager, Dale Houlston is remaining tight-lipped about new arrivals at Blundell Park, but we caught up with him for an update.
Dale is there any news to report on new signings?
"I am not really in a position to go public on who we are talking to, but yes we have got quite a bit happening at the moment. We have a number of players that are going to be joining us when we resume training, and our talks and considerations with these players are ongoing. So that is very pleasing. As we saw last season the existing group of players is already very capable, so additions at this stage will be to strengthen what we have already. So when approaching players, and considering who to bring in, it is important that we bring people in that we know will add strength and depth, and most importantly players that will join the group and get us competing at the right end of the league table".
When is training likely to resume Dale?
"We are just waiting for the green light from the club to start bringing players back in, and I am hearing that this could be very soon. The FA have published guidelines on what we can and can't do, especially with the need for social distancing. These are quite testing guidelines, and so they should be. I know that Graham Rodger and his staff have put a lot of work into risk assessments and that they are producing a document which will get us back up and running safely. Safety is our prime concern of course, and to be honest, there's no mad rush to get started as we don't even have a date for our season to start yet".
Has there been any communication from the FA at all with regards to the season commencing?
"No, not yet. Obviously we have received the information to say that we are moving up to Tier 6 and the East Midlands Women's League. We have also had some information from the league too, welcoming us on board so that was nice. I did see that The FA have met to consider step 5 and 6 of the men's non-league football pyramid, which could be starting as early as September - subject to clearance. I am not sure if something similar will happen with women's football, but hopefully, we might get some news on that soon, so fingers crossed".
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