Pre-season has certainly been an interesting time for Parkgate FC; while most clubs are building fitness, Steve Adams has had to build a new TEAM!
The new Parkgate boss was left with just one player after taking charge of the Steelmen, and has used the club’s five pre-season games to cast his eye over 40 players before Saturday’s NCEL Premier Division opener at Nostell Miners Welfare.
“I was left with just Chris Telling at the start of the season,” Adams, who landed the Parkgate job after Russ Eagle joined Worksop Parramore, smiled.
“So pre-season has been okay, considering the turnaround of players we’ve had turn out for us.
“We’ve looked at in excess of 40 players, we’ve learnt a lot about the ones we’ve signed up and pre-season has been a worthwhile exercise.”
Adams, the former manager of Maltby Main and Winterton Rangers, added: “We had to rebuild from scratch.
“That is life at this level, however; it’s not an uncommon scenario and we knew this would be the case when we came here.
“I signed some players that I’ve known in the past, and word of mouth soon spread so we had players ringing us up for trials.
“We also had our eyes on one or two players, and we’ve managed to get them on board, so I’m relatively pleased.”
Adams admitted it “would have been nice” if a few of last season’s players remained at Parkgate, rather than seeking their fortunes elsewhere, but added: “They’ve decided to do that now, and we have to concentrate on what we do have.
“We have a honest set of lads here now, who will do well at this level. They are good players, but also good people which is important as they will stay loyal.
“It’s important not only to sign the right players, but the right kind of people too.”
Adams also vowed that his side will stick to their playing principles throughout this season, no matter who the opposition is.
“I try not to worry about who we’re playing too much,” he admitted.
“We have our own style of play, and we won’t adapt that week to week depending on who we’re playing.
“Obviously if something’s not working after 20 minutes we will adapt it, but we’re going to be concentrating on ourselves this season and try and finish as well as we can.”