Wilson willing to be patient with regard to new signings

Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson

Ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson is adamant the Robins will not change their mentality when it comes to bringing in new players despite having only made two close season signings so far.

Wilson says patience is a necessary virtue at this stage with players’ financial demands likely to change as time goes by, an issue which has so far thwarted any further additions to those of goalkeeper Rob Peet and defender Sam Craven.

Ilkeston’s players returned for pre-season training on Tuesday night, including several trialists Wilson was keen to have a look at.

He said: “We’ll cast our eye over some trialists and see if anyone fits the bill.

“We’re in quite a luxurious position in many ways because given how the academy lads did last year I know they can be called upon when it comes to giving us squad depth this time around.

“That will probably mean we’ll be operating with a smaller senior squad than last season, safe in the knowledge that we can call on the youngsters if needs be.

“We’ve re-signed all but three of the players we wanted to keep on. We’re still waiting to talk to Dan Partridge once he has finished university, Kane Richards has been offered a deal and Matt Richards is still considering his options, and to be honest, if I was a Football League manager, he is a player I’d be keen to sign.”

Wilson maintained he still expects to bring in further new blood but that players will have to fit a certain criteria.

“People know what we’re about, in that we’re not after journeymen players who are after a pay packet, we want young talent coming in that we can develop,” he said.

“We’re not going to change that philosophy, as we want to build on what we’ve achieved with it in the last couple of years.

“I work closely with the chairman Dave Mantle and we want to run the club on an even keel. I’ve probably spoken to 25-30 players so far but sometimes you get a vibe that something isn’t quite right.

“But there is plenty of time and we have the good basis of a squad already.”

Wilson was expecting to ease the players in gently on Tuesday’s (25th) return to pre-season action, two weeks before the first friendly against Burton Albion on July 9.

He added: “They’re all really keen to get back into the swing of things which is good to see.

“We’ll be doing a lot more ball work early on than usual but obviously fitness is a key priority too.

“The academy players aren’t back until next week so it’ll be mostly first teamers and trialists initially.”