McManus closes in on three strikers

PUBLISHED: 11:58 19 October 2007 | UPDATED: 20:10 01 June 2010

Former Wisbech skipper Steve Appleby is back at Fenland Park – Pic: Brian Purdy

Former Wisbech skipper Steve Appleby is back at Fenland Park - Pic: Brian Purdy

WISBECH Town manager Roy McManus is expecting to sign a new striker in the next few days. McManus has been lining up talks with three centre-forwards and hopes to land one before next Saturday s trip to Norwich United. The manager preferred to keep the pl

WISBECH Town manager Roy McManus is expecting to sign a new striker in the next few days.

McManus has been lining up talks with three centre-forwards and hopes to land one before next Saturday's trip to Norwich United.

The manager preferred to keep the players' identities secret but believes that all will soon become clear.

Wisbech along with Norwich United and Harwich and Parkeston have scored fewer goals than any other Ridgeons Premier Division side, with 12 in 12 games.

McManus said: "I want to keep with the young local lads we have here, and build for the future but we have a tough season ahead of us and we desperately need an out-and-out goal-scorer. They are not easy to find but I've been monitoring three players closely and I'm confident of getting one of them."

McManus added to his squad at the other end of the field by re-signing veteran centre-back Steve Appleby.

The 40-year-old, who has Conference experience with Kettering Town, returns to Wisbech after a brief spell at Boston Town.

McManus said: "Steve's experience could prove invaluable. He wants to get into management and he has a lot to learn in that department. I've told him to start by taking responsibility and being my manager on the pitch and to help ensure the stability that this club needs."

Appleby played in last weekend's 4-0 defeat to high-flying Needham Market, but McManus is confident his side can bounce back and pick up three points when they host Kirkley and Pakefield tomorrow afternoon.

He said: "They are quite high up but they haven't won a home game yet this season."­

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