Goalkeeper to return to the Gladiators?

Matlock Town boss David Hoole.
Matlock Town boss David Hoole.

Matlock Town are hoping to welcome back a former Gladiators goalkeeper this week as their squad nears completion.

They also have an experienced attacking player due in for a trial while three of last year’s squad - defenders Ashton Hall and Jake Phillips and midfielder Jamie Jackson - all re-signed following Saturday’s first training session.

But Matlock have let striker Marc Newsham leave following last week’s arrival of Keiren Watson and have reluctantly let Joe Doyle-Charles go to Coalville Town.

A new first choice keeper has been boss Dave Hoole’s main target and he said: “We have a keeper in mind and are having chats this week, so hopefully should be done and dusted by the end of the week at the latest if everything goes to plan.

“He has been at the club before, without giving too much away. He is keen. We have been in contact with him for quite a while now.

“He has just got to sort his own personal bits and bobs out through his work and then we can sit down and have a chat about agreeing a deal.”

He added: “I wouldn’t say he’s the final part of the jigsaw as pre-season you do get players coming and going. You never know what might be in the pipeline.

“We are going to have a look at another lad who is coming to training, probably next week, who has played at a higher level.

“He has contacted one of our players. He has seen what we are doing down her and he’d like to be a part of it. He is an attacking midfielder/forward.

“We can’t promise anybody anything at this time of the season, but the doors are open for having a look at experienced footballers.

“We are not a million miles away but we are always looking to improve and strengthen the squad.”

The Causeway Lane home of the Gladiators will have a new name this season – the Proctor Cars Stadium.

“Proctor Cars have come in for the sponsorship which is exciting,” said Hoole.

“It just goes to prove the club is not static – in all departments with the sponsorship, with the players, with the ground, with everything.

“Everything is moving forward and we are always looking for bigger and better things and how to improve. It shows the ethos of the club on and off the pitch.”