New signings for Kendal Town with more promised, while question marks remain over futures of leading lights (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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New signings for Kendal Town with more promised, while question marks remain over futures of leading lights
AFTER announcing the capture of Danny Wisdom, Kendal Town manager Dave Foster believes his close season additions showcase the club’s intentions ahead of the new campaign.
Full-back Wisdom returns to the club after spending 18 months at Northwich Victoria, joining Kieran Walmsley who re-signed for the Mintcakes from Chorley in May.
Also swelling the Parkside Road ranks is former Clitheroe man Lydon Hodgkiss, who arrives at the club from North West Counties Division One side Nelson as Foster continues to mould a new-look squad.
And with the promise of further headline acts putting pen to paper in the near future, Foster believes the quality of his acquisitions to date can have a positive knock on effect.
“These two are marquee signings in my view and will make people take notice and think we are serious contenders,” he said.
“This is the quality of player we want to get into the club as we want to have a go at getting promotion this coming season.
“We had a good look at what we had towards the end of last year and tried to get a better calibre of player in across the squad.
“I know Danny and Kieran from the time I used to play. I’m delighted to get them on board and they will really strengthen us.
“I’m also pleased to get Lydon on board, he is someone I’ve been after for a while now and has good quality.
“The signings we’ve made so far show we mean business and will certainly help us attract other players.”
Meanwhile, a large proportion of last season’s squad remains intact with Warren Beattie, John Ross, Danny MacDonald, Rob Wilson and Craig Carney all signed on.
Kevin Brown and Mike Rushton will start pre-season although Kendal will have to contend with the loss of Maison McGeechan who heads to Australia in September.
Question marks also linger over the future of two of the club’s leading lights, prolific marksman Danny Mitchley and former Blackpool star Danny Coid.
Mitchley ended the campaign with 26 goals to his name, only missing out to Ramsbottom United’s Lee Gaskell as the division’s sharp-shooter, while Coid was a prominent figure throughout Kendal’s season.
“The situation with Danny Coid is I’ve made him an offer and left it with him and it’s for him to decide whether it’s a figure that works for him,” added Foster.
“I’ve looked carefully at the wage structure this year as there was far too big a gulf between top and bottom.
“I’ve narrowed that right down, this way we get a much tighter unit and the lads don’t get distracted by money.
“Danny Mitchley is waiting to see what happens. He is still keen to get back into football full-time so he is weighing up his options so we’re in limbo with that.
“I would think the situation will come to some sort of conclusion in the next week but I’ve got to make my plans as if he’s not here, while at the same time trying to keep him.”
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