Lancaster City boss determined to get new signings right

Darren Peacock and Trevor Sinclair.
Darren Peacock and Trevor Sinclair.

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock insists he is determined to make sure any new signings are the right ones.

The Dolly Blues head coach, who has moved to allay any fears over the club’s recruitment, is set to assess potential additions at AFC Darwen on Saturday.

The friendly at the side newly promoted to the North West Counties Premier Division will see the Dolly Blues look to build on a 1-0 win over Penrith at Giant Axe last time out.

The City head coach will also run the rule over some new faces as he bids to add to his squad before the new Evo-Stik First Division North season kicks off at Burscough on August 15.

Peacock said: “Over the next two or three weeks it’s about settling on the squad and we’re going to move forward with.

“We’re pleased to have got the nucleus of last year’s squad still together.

“We just want to add to that with two or three more.

“We’ve been looking at players who are going to be given a chance in the friendlies.

“We’re not going to bring in inferior players for the sake of it, we want to get it right.”

The Dolly Blues have plenty of connections with AFC Darwen.

The East Lancashire side are managed by ex-City man Peter Devine while Kevin Gallacher, a former team mate of Peacock’s, is the director of football at The Anchor Ground.

Peacock said: “I played with Kevin for a season or two.

“We keep in touch and talk every now and then.

“It’ll be good to meet up.”

One player who could feature again is Hannu Tam, the 16-year-old having scored the winner on his debut against Penrith before also getting on the scoresheet in a practice match against AFC Fylde on Tuesday.

The teenage striker has come from the link up between the Dolly Blues and former City winger Lee Dodgson’s North Lancs and District Development centre. 
Peacock said: “We’re working closely with Lee now and Hannu was one of the names he gave us.

“He’s been training with us for about three weeks and everything he does is positive.

“He’s really young at 16 so we’ve got to be careful with him minutes wise but he’s quick and a real pest for defenders because he doesn’t let them settle.

“In the 15 or 20 minutes he got he did really well and is one for the future.

“He’s got a fantastic attitude and we’re looking forward to seeing him progress.”