Though there are still seven games to go, and the ambition is to pick up as many points as possible, Wilcox is relishing the opportunity to lay down further foundations as he casts a seasoned eye across the division. "I’ve really enjoyed my time at Gainsborough, and look forward to the challenges ahead. The help and support I’ve received from the board has allowed me to put my ideas and plans in place."

"There’s still plenty of work to do but I’m sure people can see what we are trying to do. Making the club as professional as we possibly can, with what’s available to us. Let’s hopefully finish the season on a high and look forward to what comes next."

The former Scunthorpe United manager has certainly brought a professional approach to the Kal Group Stadium, developing the structure of the club alongside the Board of Directors. As well as transforming results on the pitch, Wilcox has overseen the introduction of GPS Performance Trackers and the appointment of Strength and Conditioning Coach, Dan Solts.

Reintroducing a Scouting network, representing the football club and giving the best possible opportunities of identifying fresh new talent on the way up. The transformation around the club since his arrival has been a breath of fresh air. With a pre-season, followed by a full season, the Trinity faithful can look forward to 2024/25 with cause for excitement and anticipation.

A 48% win average, as he tweaked his side, mid-season, working with a tight-knit group, Russ has worked miracles, as Gainsborough CEO Matt Boles explains:

"Russ has driven things forward both on and off the pitch to a new level of professionalism and we are keen to ensure we sustain this and move forward as a club. We are already well on the way with our plans for next season, in terms of management, playing staff, and a fully confirmed pre-season schedule where we can look forward to hosting a number of EFL clubs, alongside trips to some local neighbours."

Article by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)
Photography by Ross Nicholls (Photographer)