It’s been a busy transfer deadline day for the Rams with no fewer than 5 players being added to the squad for the final sprint which will see 14 games played in 6 weeks, with 7 games being played in the next 15 days.
Two players return to the Rams, the first being Ryan Salmon, back for his 2nd spell with the Rams, last season’s top scorer hit 18 goals in 30 games – moving to Radcliffe, then Atherton Collieries this season. The 31 year old is unavailable for the trip to South Shields but in contention against Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night.
Also returning is a Rammy legend, former striker and manager Jon Robinson is back to help with the Rams striker shortage, Robbo played 213 games for the club scoring 107 goals and will train with the 1st team tonight.
Two goalkeepers have been registered as back-up to Sam Ashton, young Romanian Nicolae Stinca, who played for the reserves last week has been training with the 1st team since Christmas and has a good pedigree – once of West Ham’s academy. He is joined by local goalkeeper Josh McGready. With Sam expecting his wife to give birth any minute, strong back-up options are important to secure for the Rams.
There is also a further injection of pace with the addition of Morecambe FC attacker Luke Jordan, with 7 first team appearances for the Shrimpers, Burnley based Luke is a young professional and will give the Rams some additional attacking impetus.
Rams boss Mark Fell, “I actually didn’t expect a busy day at all today, but things happen quickly, firstly Gassy’s availability between now and the end of the season is really low as he’s got some significant contracts with work and is going to the states, so when I got that information this morning we had to move quickly for at least one more forward. Added to that we will lose Greg Daniels for 3 games over Easter so both Ryan, Robbo and Luke were ‘no-brainers’. With Ryan we know what we are getting and he’ll act as a good target man, hopefully he can hit the ground running as he’s kept himself in good shape since leaving Atherton. Luke was recommended to us by Gareth Seddon, we know that in some instances loans aren’t ideal, I share the view that we want Ramsbottom players playing for the club, but we’ve had some good experiences with the likes of Josh Askew and Zehn Mohammed, and player availability in the market means this deal is important to ensure we have what we need for the run in, he’s a direct, pacey forward who can play either side or through the middle, so I think he’ll be an exciting one to watch.
“The keeper situation is a lottery, hopefully Sam’s wife can hold on until after Saturday and he can play, he’ll travel up separately just in case so we need a plan B. Finally I spoke to Robbo briefly last week at the Goole game, we know we’re going to be very short of forwards at varying times in the next few weeks so he’s available and has kept himself in decent condition.”