Greens close in on Ryman recruit

Gorleston boss Richard Daniels has targeted a Ryman League player to bolster the Greens' Ridgeons Division One promotion push.

Daniels revealed he is in advanced talks ahead of Saturday's crunch home game against second-placed Stowmarket at Emerald Park.

'The player we're bringing in shouldn't be playing Ridgeons football at all if I'm honest,' he said. 'He's good enough to play at a higher level, but we are lucky he can't get into their first team. We have struck a deal that should see him sign and he will of course strengthen us up.

'At the end of the day I had to think long and hard whether to bring him in or not because we have got a good solid team. However, when a certain talent comes along, Gorleston football club cannot say no really. We hope to announce this signing in the next 24 hours. The team is a Ryman League club who are yet to sign the forms.'

Daniels revealed that despite a potential new signing, Gorleston's team spirit is the key to success this season.

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'It's a definite team effort,' he said. 'We are Gorleston football club; we are all team players with a decent team spirit. I wouldn't class any of my footballers as individuals.'

Former Bungay manager Daniels believes that the new signing will help the Greens recover from the departure of a few key players.

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'A few players have left that I am not happy about, but we have brought a few in and they have fitted in well,' he said. 'Sometimes, it doesn't help our team spirit if three players move on, but we've strengthened in other departments. There are a couple of players that have departed recently, a couple have gone to Acle. That is fair enough, if that is what they want to do, I respect their decision. But I would like to have kept them, we have added to the squad and this new signing will strengthen us even further.'

Daniels men are currently fifth in Ridgeon's Division One, only two points adrift of Diss Town, who currently occupy the third promotion spot. Despite this, Daniels maintains he is taking one match at a time.

'Come the end of the season if we win enough games then we will be successful, we are a good side and we're just pushing on to try and get in the top three,' he said. 'But I take each week as it comes, we've got Stowmarket on Saturday, which is a big game for us, so after Saturday I will reassess it then.'

Gorleston could reach the summit of Ridgeons Division One if they are to win all their games in hand over leaders Cambridge University Press. With their impressive start to the season and exciting new signing in tow a return to The Ridgeons Premier could be on the cards for Richard Daniels and his boys.

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