A high five aim for Salford City boss Giggs
Salford City manager Rhodri Giggs says there will be ‘no more signings’ this season after recruiting three players this week.
The statement reflects Giggs’ confidence that his squad now has enough strength in depth to challenge for a top-five spot in the Evo Stik First Division North.
The Ammies currently lie 10th following last weekend's 1-1 draw at home to 15th-placed Woodley Sports.
The club has secured the signatures of defender Alex Turner, midfielder Russell Headley and left-back Alex Mortimer – re-signed from Curzon Ashton – in time for Saturday’s local derby at Turner’s former club, Trafford.
He had already snapped up Glyn Barker and Shaun Roscoe last week who made their debut against Woodley.
Player-manager Giggs, who has won seven and drawn two of his nine league games in charge, said: "After these signings this week, there will be no more. A top five finish is realistic. When I first started the job I was thinking maybe top 10 but now I think we’ve the quality of players we have, it can be top five.
"If we continue to play like we did before the break with the weather, there’s no reason we shouldn’t. It’s all down to us now."
Mortimer is the only player among the recent trio of new signings likely to go into the starting line-up on Saturday, with Billy McCartney, Leor Sidle, Ben Beresford and Gareth Thomas all available again after missing the Woodley game through injury or suspension.
Giggs admitted his side were ‘rusty’ against Woodley, the weather meaning that his side had not played for a month before last Saturday.
"The break killed us a little bit – we were on such a good run before then," he said, saying that his side should have been capable of winning.
The same theme emerged when looking ahead to the Trafford game, with the Shawe View club currently languishing one place in 16th place – having not won since October 19.
"It should be a good game," said Giggs. "But it’s a game that, with our form, we would expect to win with the players that we have. We can make it to fourth or fifth place if we win and results go our way.
"I’d like to say to the fans that it may be cold, and money may be tight at this time of year, but it’s important you come out and support the team at such a crucial stage of the season."