Buxton boss Martin McIntosh is hoping to make decisions on his trialists as soon as possible – but is 99 per cent certain a deal can be done to make the vastly experienced Ricky Ravenhill a Buck next season.
A much-travelled midfielder, whose former clubs include Mansfield Town, Notts County, Doncaster Rovers, Bradford City and Northampton Town, Ravenhill impressed in Saturday’s battling 2-1 home defeat by FC United of Manchester and McIntosh said: “Ricky seems really happy and wants to sign.
“Hopefully we can agree on something with him pretty soon. I am 99 per cent sure he will be on board with us next season and he would be a tremendous signing.
“I have another three weeks and another three friendlies and we have several trialists in here with a few more to come.
“But I want to make decisions on people as soon as I can to be fair to them as well. I have the core of the players I want for next season and there maybe another two or three I will sign.”
His next chance to run the rule over the trialists will come at Armthorpe this Friday night.
The Bucks went down to a 2-1 loss at home to FC United of Manchester last Saturday at the Silverlands.
“The two games against Chesterfield and Alfreton, we weren’t really ready for that level of team as we hadn’t trained much,” said McIntosh. “But on Saturday we created chances and it was very encouraging. Things are building up quite well and I am happy so far.”
The only setback was a twisted knee for midfielder Derek Niven which could sideline him for a couple of weeks.
On Sunday, McIntosh enjoyed getting out onto the pitch to play in the Buxton All-Stars v Liverpool Legends game which saw Buxton won 5-4, the boss among the scorers along with Balfe (2) and Reed (2) against a Liverpool side including the likes of of Jan Molby, Jason McAteer, Mark Wright and Michael Thomas.
“It was a fantastic occasion for the club and all credit to chairman Dave Hopkins for arranging it. We had a healthy crowd and a great atmosphere and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.”