Diamonds still waiting
TECHNICAL director Stewart Robson is expecting Rushden & Diamonds to strengthen their squad again
early next week. He revealed today that they are still waiting for answers from three players who
have already been offered deals plus six more transfer targets following "preliminary talks".
Robson and manager Ernie Tippett now want to sign two defenders from second division clubs – a
centre-half and right-back – plus a Division One striker who is understood to be Wimbledon's Wayne
Gray. Last week Diamonds brought in former Dons duo Rob Gier and Peter Hawkins, Bury centre-forward
Gareth Seddon and Tranmere Rovers winger Alex Hay under the Bosman ruling for out-of-contract
Robson said: "At the moment we are still in contact with quite a few players. We have made some
offers but are waiting for replies. It has been a frustrating time because players are now going on
holidays. But we are still very hopeful of making some signings early next week. I don't think
anything will happen over the coming days. We are looking to strengthen the side in different
positions. Some players have accepted offers, some have turned us down and we are talking to others.
It's a difficult time for us as we would like to get all the players in before we start pre-season
training at the end of this month. However players like to leave their options open for as long as
possible. We are trying to get them to make early decisions."
An official announcement over the take-over deal between Max Griggs and three London-based
businessmen is likely to be made later this week. Acting chief executive David Suddens was involved
in further meetings yesterday after the provisional completion date of May 31 passed by without any
updates. A statement is now expected by tomorrow.
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