Originally published in the Sleaford Target on June 12th 2013, the Lincolnshire Echo on June 13 2013 and online.
Sleaford Town boss Kris Jones believes signing former-Lincoln City stars Terry Fleming and Gavin Gordon will lure future talent to the club.
The Town manager is confident potential new recruits will relish the chance to play alongside the former professionals who together have clocked up more than 600 appearances.
Gordon steps up from his role with the club’s reserve team while Fleming has joined permanently following a brief stint with the club at the end of the season.
“I’ve been chasing both players for a while,” said Jones. “Terry was with us at the end of last season and he went down really well with the lads.”
“Gordon was with me and the reserves last season and he has just done his coaching badges. It’s a good move from the club to get him in.”
“I think the signings are a signal of intent from the club, to bring in people with their experience and quality to the club when others were interested. I’m very grateful to them for joining us for next season.
“The experience will make others around them more comfortable on the pitch. They can learn from them.
Gordon, 33, started his career at Hull and then moved to Lincoln 1997, before joining Cardiff for £350,000 in 2000.
Fleming made over 400 appearances in the Football League and enjoyed a successful stint at the Imps at the end of the 90s, and recently managed Evo-Stik League Division One South side Lincoln United.
“Terry seems almost evergreen,” said Jones. “He’ll play an important role in the side as well as coaching. Gavin has had his injury worries so we’ll see how he does in pre-season. But even just as a coach, he’ll be a huge benefit to the team.
“We haven’t got the budget of most other clubs but bringing in Terry and Gavin could prove to be a huge selling point in terms of bringing players in. We can say to potential players that, if you come to us, you’ll get to work with these guys with great experience in football.
“It’s great for the young lads as well, right through the junior set-up.
“This is a new beginning for the club, a new era, with new players. We have to improve on past seasons but we also want to improve the pattern of play and make us more enjoyable to watch. There will have to be vast improvements on past seasons.
“But this is all about long-term plans. We’re building. Our main aim next season is for us not to be struggling, looking over our shoulders at the end of the season fearing relegation.
“We’ve got to rebuild the trust in the club with the local community, and develop players from within the club because of the financial situation.”