A STRIKE by, or exodus of, players appears to have been averted by Hucknall Town’s new regime.
Amid the acrimony that surrounded the exits of manager Tommy Brookbanks and assistant Gary Stones, it was feared that some players would follow them out the door.
But owners Steve Greaves and Michael Johnson, and new boss Des Lyttle, held a clear-the-air meeting with them, negotiating fresh wage-deals with most.
Now the trio are keen to strengthen the squad, with the first ‘signing’ being made when Craig Armstrong was recruited as player/coach.
Armstrong (36) began his career alongside Lyttle at Nottingham Forest and also played for Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Cheltenham Town, among many other clubs.
He drifted into the non-league game and had a brief spell at Mansfield Town before linking up with ex-Hucknall coach Jamie Brough in the ill-fated takeover of Eastwood Town last summer.
More signings are expected. Lyttle, who was renowned for his wholehearted displays as a player, says a good attitude will be key to the kind of signing he wants to attract.
“I like to see bright, intelligent players with a good understanding of all aspects of the game,” he says.
“But turning up with the right attitude and willing to work is a given for me.”
Lyttle stresses that the players currently at Watnall Road will be given every chance to impress.
“To be sixth in the league, there must be something there,” he says.
“It’s inevitable one or two might leave but we have had a good chat with them about where we want to take the club and most wanted to be on board.
“If I like what I see, I will give the players every opportunity to kick on.”