Newly-appointed Nelson boss Paul Fildes is relishing the building process that’s in store at Victoria Park.
With high earners such as Peter Wright, Matty O’Neill, Ricky Mercer and Warren Beattie leaving the Admirals around the time of former boss Mark Fell’s departure, the 34-year-old is keen to introduce a revamped culture at the club.
The veteran striker has already added former Padiham defender Tom Bradley to his squad as well as Colne pair Steve Cassidy and Alex Grice, one-time Clitheroe midfielder Alex Chu, centre-back Luke Thompson and Will Therkeld. Former Little Wembley boss Robert Grimes has also made a return.
“It’s been good,” said Fildes. “I’ve made a few new signings and the break has given them the chance to bed in. Robert Grimes has already been at the club as a player and a manager and helped them gain promotion so it didn’t take long for him to settle. But it’s different for the others.
“We want players that want to play for Nelson Football Club. We won’t be paying out big money so anything they get should be a small incentive. We don’t want it to be about money for the players that we bring in.
“This is a clean slate for me and I’ll look to build over the next two or three years. There’s plenty of stuff going on in the background and we’ll look to keep adding to it. It’ll be my team and I’ll bring in the players that I want.”
Meanwhile, Fildes is determined to mark his home debut with victory as the Blues take on Cammell Laird 1907 in the third round of the MEN United Cup tomorrow (kick-off 3 p.m.).
“For me it’s a ‘must win’ game,” he said. “Cammell Laird haven’t got a consistent record but they’re close to us in the table.
“It will be a good game and they’ll be up for it so we’ve got to match them. I’ve no doubt that we’ll do that in terms of work rate but we need to be more clinical in the final third.
“It’s a massive game for me because I want that first win and hopefully it’ll roll on from there. It will be good to get it in front of a home crowd.
“When I was playing I hadn’t scored in 13 games once but once I found the net again I couldn’t stop.
“Hopefully that will work out for me as a manager when I get that first win.”
l Nelson also travel to the Mechanics Ground to tackle AFC Blackpool on Tuesday.