FLEETWOOD Town hope to complete the signing of another striker today ... but manager Micky Mellon won’t be around to welcome him.
In the seven weeks since Town’s glorious Conference campaign ended, Mellon has worked non-stop preparing for the club’s first season in the Football League and strengthening his squad.
And with a sixth summer recruit expected to join the Highbury ranks at some point today, Mellon is allowing himself a hard-earned week’s holiday.
Having signed left-sided Dean Howell, goalwell Chris Maxwell and striker Alex Titchiner, Mellon has since added the considerable Football League knowhow of midfielder Damien Johnson and striker Jon Parkin. Mellon is delighted with the summer strengthening so far, saying: “The signings so far have all be really positive for the club. It’s a bit of a jigsaw piecing together a squad and we have a couple more bits of business we want to get done.
“We want to bring more goals into the group, and barring a medical we’ll have another signing on Monday.
“We’ll have a really strong group again next season and this will send out message to fans and everyone involved at club that we won’t settle for making up the numbers.”
Former Preston hitman Parkin, for one, was being pursued by several clubs when Town swooped after his release by Championship club Cardiff.
And Mellon couldn’t be happier with his latest signing, adding: “We are absolutely delighted. A lot of work wnt into signing Jon Parkin, who will bring a huge presence up front.
“He will allow us to score different types of goals. He is strong in the air allied to great ability on floor. He will be a massive fans’ favourite and will be a big presence on and off the pitch.
“He comes with a lot of ambition and the first thing he said to me was: ‘Do you want to be successful?’ That’s refreshing and he’s a good asset to bring into the group. He wants to play and that’s what it’s all about.”
Pre-season training begins on July 5, by which time Mellon has no doubt his batteries will be fully recharged.
He said: “I’m going to take a break after spending the last month working very hard to get this squad together, but that’s my job.
“I want to take this club to a new level. I’m confident that I can gel this group very quickly and that we’ll hit the ground running.”