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Manager welcomes defensive options

11 July 2014

Micky happy with his options at the back

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Micky Mellon is pleased to have so many defensive options available after making Cameron Gayle his thirteenth signing of a busy summer.

There's lots of competition for places across the back line with the battle on to secure first team places. 

The arrival of the former West Bromwich Albion defender gives the manger another option at right back with Ryan Woods, Jermaine Grandison and Connor Goldson having all played there last season.

"There's options all over," said Micky. "What I wanted to make sure was I wasn't pulling people out of their preferred positions, in midfield or wherever, which maybe they had to do last year with little Woodsy.

"I want to develop him in the middle of the pitch and only really play people in there in an emergency.

"We've got right backs who are right backs and I like big Jermaine there as well. He's terrific and I've been blown away really by him.

"We need as much cover as we can all over the pitch."

Micky revealed there could be some trialists involved in his team during the pre-season friendlies as he continues to assess them.

"We'll see how people do in the games," he said. "We're getting towards the end now of our recruitment.

"We're delighted with the trialists we have got in here. We've just got to make sure we bring in the right ones to fill all the eventualities that come up throughout the season. I think that will be sorted pretty soon."

Micky said there's also the possibility some of the club's youngsters could be handed the chance to impress in the series of friendlies.

He added: "We've brought up some of the youth players that we feel can handle it at this level. They've been training with us this week and I've been really impressed.

"Hopefully they can carry that forward for us because if we're going to be successful as a football club we need the youth team to keep producing for the first team squad which it has done in the past so we want to continue to do that."

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