LEE Casswell says striker Andy Kinsey can help create a “Fantastic Four” to fire Leek Town towards the play-off places in the Evo-Stik Division One South.
The 34-year-old striker has signed for Blues from Kidsgrove Athletic, a move which has delighted boss Casswell.
This season Kinsey, who played for Town in 2005, and has also been on the books at Alsager Town, Norton Utd and Biddulph Victoria, has netted 19 times for Grove in the league, prompting Casswell to issue the seven days’ notice for the experienced striker.
Town missed the presence of leading scorer Tim Grice through suspension in the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Halesowen Town on Saturday at Harrison Park.
But Casswell says Kinsey and Grice, along with fellow strikers Matt Haddrell and Peter Wright, can help get Blues back on form when they travel to Brigg on Saturday.
“We’re delighted Andy has signed,” said Casswell, “and we feel our four strikers can help to score the goals we need to make the play-offs. Andy has been in superb form for Kidsgrove and he is a real handful. Players like him are hard to come by, so it’s a big thing for us he has signed.” Following an injury sustained by Danny Smith just 12 minutes into the game against Halesowen on Saturday, Casswell is now looking to cover Smith’s impending absence by targeting two defenders.
The Blues’ boss has issued seven days notice of approach to Newcastle Town for former Stoke City academy central defender Layton Wint, and is also on the trail of an experienced central defender who is currently with a Premier Division club.
However, Casswell is bracing himself against the prospect that he may lose the services of Tim Sanders, after Blues received the seven days notice of approach from Newcastle Town.
Sanders, who has been an ever-present at Leek this season, has been in fine form and is a crowd favourite but the player has expressed a need for a new challenge away from Harrison Park.
Casswell has spoken at length to Sanders and does not want him to go. But if he does decide his immediate future lies elsewhere, Casswell has left the door open if Sanders decides to return in the future.
“We’re hoping he’ll change his mind,” said Casswell.
Another heading for the exit door could be Danny Cope, who is also attracting interest from Newcastle Town.