New signings for Corby clash
FRANK SINCLAIR has brought flying winger Shelton Payne back to the club in time for Saturday's huge game at home to bottom four rivals Corby Town.
And he believes the player, who has electric pace and has scored 16 goals for Evostik League side Trafford this season (including two hat-tricks), can prove a big asset in the club's battle to retain their Conference North status.
Payne had a short spell with the Seagulls last season under Jon Newby but, after an explosive debut in helping the side win at Eastwood Town, he left after his performances tailed off and he lost his place in the team.
But Sinclair said: "I have kept in touch with him and we have remained friends. He is still ambitious and if we can get the best out of him then he can be a fantastic asset with his pace and the goals he can score.
"He had a big problem with the travelling when he was here before because he doesn't drive, but we've got other lads from the Manchester area who will look after him," added Sinclair.
The new player-boss is also set to sign striker James Ellison ahead of Saturday's game.
The 21-year-old, who is a product of Liverpool's youth academy and has had spells at Burton Albion and Southport, has scored five goals in 11 games for Droylsden this season including a hat-trick against Chester in January. He played in Droylsden's 2-0 win against Colwyn Bay in October, but has recently been released after being in dispute with the Manchester club.
"He has been highly recommended by contacts I have been talking to," said Sinclair. "He is training with us on Thursday and we will assess his fitness, but he is a goalscorer and will provide us with another attacking option in what is going to be a hectic run-in to the season."
Supporters will also be pleased to know that the player-boss has also put in seven days notice to bring experienced midfielder Fraser McLachlan back to the club.
He left in the summer to join Nantwich but the move did not work out and he has recently been playing with Warrington Town.
"The grass is not always as green as you think it will be when you move elsewhere and I think Fraser regrets his decision to go," said Sinclair. "He still has a lot of affection for Colwyn Bay. He is keen to come back and help our fight and his experience and knowledge of the club will be an asset in midfield."