Capable of playing off both sides, or through the middle, Tom is one to watch – not just this season, but in years to come as he continues to develop, in the men’s game. Parkinson was quick to explain, “I’ve really enjoyed pre-season and working with Bish and Stampy and I am now just excited to start the season. It can be difficult coming into a new team, but all of the lads have been class and made me feel really welcome. We’ve got a good group and I hope I can play a part in the teams’ success this season.”

Sheffield born forward, Jorome Slew adds pace and power to the front line. Most recently at Matlock Town, the former Sheffield United youth teamer, then went to Wealdstone in the National League, prior to spells at Maldon & Tiptree and AFC Fylde. Jorome really has the talent to excite the Trinity faithful, and having seen the Holy Blues at first hand last season, he is really looking forward to getting going, as he revealed,

“I am delighted to join, Gainsborough were exciting to play against last season and I’m excited to be a part of it & see what we can do this season.” Knowing one of the current crop, Fraser Preston, certainly helped Jorome in securing his move to the Northolme, “Fraser put a word in to the gaffer for me, I got in touch with the him and it went from there. Gainsborough was a no brainer for me. After playing against Trinity last season, I saw the youth in the side, the desire to pass the ball and play.The spark the team had, I knew this was somewhere with the style I play, I could fit right in with.”

Distance from home also played its’ part, “It’s also really close to home (Sheffield) which is another bonus, along with hearing good things about the manager, I had a feeling this would be a good environment for me to be in." Slew describes himself as being, “a bit of a joker off the pitch! So, if I’m laughing it’s usually because I’m up to something. On the pitch though, I am direct. I love to have the ball at my feet and running with it. I like to float around and get the ball in different areas. I’ll be adding pace to the squad and hopefully lots of goals!”

It certainly looks like Jorome has all the characteristics to light up the Northolme and get the crowd on their feet. I’m sure as he raids down the Carlilse Street flank, heading towards the Stuart Horsley Stand, there will be a real tangible excitement around the place!

The final permanent signing to announce, prior to kick off, is that of Henry Adams. At the time of writing, the club were still waiting for International Clearance from Australia. Despite spending time plying his trade down under, the rigours of the Pitching In Northern Premier League will come as no surprise to Henry. He spent time in the NPL last season, with Radcliffe FC,

“I’m super excited to get started with the lads and everyone at the club! We’ve all been working really hard this pre-season and I know we’re going to do everything we can to go one step further than last season. It will be a massive season and I can’t wait for the challenge!”

Henry’s unreal fitness levels caught the attention of Strength & Conditioning Coach, Andy Slawson, when he completed the Bleep Test in his first session. In pre-season we have seen glimpses of his directness, and fierce shooting – and now, as he continues to familiarise himself with his new surroundings he is set to provide Bish & Stampy with yet more options.

Welcome to all three players, to Tom Parkinson, to Jorome Slew & to Henry Adams. We are excited to see what you can bring to the party in Gainsborough Trinity blue (or grey). Enjoy your stay & here’s hoping they are productive ones!

If you are interested in sponsoring any of the trio, please get in touch with Dave Horsley on 07971 022024

Article written by Rob Hughes (@AATM _Media)