Stamford boss Staff looking for more than just survival

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Stamford AFC chief David Staff will not merely settle for Evo-Stik Premier Division survival in his first season in management.

The Daniels are gearing up for just a third spell of Step Three football in their history after sampling promotion glory last season.

Staff’s men face a hectic start with two games in the space of three days. They host Frickley at Kettering Road on Saturday before going to Ilkeston on Monday.

Staff, who stepped up from the role of assistant boss following the departure of promotion-winning manager Wayne Hatswell at the end of last season, said: “I would like to think we can achieve more than just staying up.

“I’m delighted with the way the squad has taken shape and everyone is relishing the challenge of playing Premier Division football.

“We are not starting the season with the intention of rolling over. We will set out to attack the league and hopefully cause a few surprises.”

Stamford have pulled off a transfer coup by signing a player who could be found in League Two last season.

Jon Challinor has returned to Kettering Road more than a decade after his previous spell with the club.

The locally-based midfielder made 22 appearances for York City last term after helping them to promotion from the Blue Square Premier Division the previous year.

Two young players with Posh connections also feature among the Daniels’ summer recruits. Midfielder Dan Lawlor, who was released by the club at the end of last season, has been snapped up while goalkeeper Alex Lynch is on a work experience loan for the season.

Stamford are understood to be closing in on former Coalville hot-shot Ryan Robbins. He hit 34 goals for the Leicestershire side in Evo-Stik Division One South last season to earn a summer switch to champions King’s Lynn.

But he quit the Norfolk club without kicking a ball for them and now appears to be on his way to Kettering Road.

Daniels boss Staff is keen to draft in extra firepower after seeing Jordan Hempenstall depart for Coalville earlier this week.