Blyth Spartans boss Michael Nelson reveals he is closing in another summer signing

Blyth Spartans manager Michael Nelson has revealed he is closing in on yet another summer signing.

Saturday, 5th June 2021, 10:57 am
Blyth Spartans manager Michael Nelson. (Photo credit: Blyth Spartans AFC/ Kris Hodgetts)

Grimsby Town youngster Cameron Painter became the fifteenth signing of a hectic close-season at Croft Park on Thursday and Nelson’s transfer business is far from done.

A goalkeeper and a centre-back remain high on his list of priorities and the Spartans boss remains in talks with players in at least one other key position.

Discussions will continue over the coming days and Nelson believes signing number sixteen could be completed by the middle of next week.

He told The News Post Leader: “We are having conversations with players, and we are close on doing something at the beginning of next week.

“That would be in a key position, and I think there are probably two or three more key positions where we still want to tie down.

“We are talking to players in each of those positions, we have identified those players and hopefully they can come in.

“It’s been a good summer; we have put ourselves in a good position and done our business early.

“We have the basis of the squad put together and now it’s a case of topping up and putting in little extra pieces.”

There will be plenty of competition for places in Nelson’s starting line-up when the new National League North season gets underway in August.

The Spartans boss revealed that his latest new addition will be given a chance during pre-season and will be given an opportunity in non-league’s second-tier if he shines in friendly fixtures against the likes of South Shields and Hebburn Town.

“Cameron Painter is someone we looked at last year with him being a North East lad,” he explained.

“We looked at a loan deal but Ian Holloway had just gone in there and wanted to keep him local.

“He’s young, he’s developing, so patience will be needed.

“We are looking forward to working well with him and if he does well in pre-season, we will have no hesitation in putting him in the side.

“We will try and develop him in the right way.”