One week to do the business

Micky Mellon
Micky Mellon

MICKY Mellon can’t wait for pre-season training to get under way at Fleetwood Town a week today ... but the manager has some unfinished business to complete before then.

The Town boss hopes to seal two more signings to take the summer intake to eight ahead of the club’s debut Football League campaign – and Mellon has set himself a seven-day transfer deadline.

Back in harness yesterday after a short family holiday, Mellon (left) said: “We are still talking to a couple of players who we are closing in on.

“We want to get those deals done and hopefully they will be by early next week, if not this week.

“We need them all in by Thursday, so we can get down to work in training.”

Mellon had left for his well-earned breather by the time striker Steven Gillespie arrived from Colchester.

The manager said: “Steve is a good player and is just the type we want because he’s very ambitious and wants to do well. He a really exciting acquisition for the club.”

Mellon wants his entire squad in place for the start of intense fitness work next Thursday, with the squad flying out to Austria three days later for a week-long alpine training camp.

“We’re going to the same place in Austria as last year, where we can work with the players without any distractions.

“We’re back for a week, then we go to Scotland for three or four days and a match against Kilmarnock. It’s just a change of scenery again and a chance to do some good quality work.”

The older players and those getting over injuries have been reporting in at Highbury for fitness sessions throughout the summer to ensure they have no catching up to do when the serious work gets under way next week.

Mellon added: “A few have been in doing little bits and pieces. We are getting more and more professional. The players realise that they have to keep pace with the football club and that it’s more important than ever to look after yourself.

“The players know they must fight for places and do every little thing they can to give themselves a better chance to get into the team.

“It’s refreshing to hear about all the boys looking after themselves because pre-season is very important and you have to get it right.

“You have a lot of work to cram into a short space of time to make sure you hit ground running.”

And it isn’t only the players who are raring to go.

Mellon added: “I’ve recharged my batteries. We’ve signed some exciting players and now I’m looking forward to an exciting season.”