FOOTBALL: Ross 'excited' over plans for Pinchbeck United
Pinchbeck United assistant manager Allan Ross feels ready for another big challenge next season.
He has rejoined the Knights - three weeks after handing in his resignation - ahead of their first-ever campaign in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League's Premier Division.
Ross returned alongside player-boss Ian Dunn after Pinchbeck put together plans to compete at a higher level - including a major sponsorship deal.
He said: "We were in a mess last season compared to where we stand now.
"I got a phone call out of the blue from the sponsor asking me to explain the situation.
"Myself and Ian didn't want to separate but the club are now in a position to move forward.
"Previously, I couldn't see any vision for what would happen next. We needed plans in place.
"We've secured sponsorship and we want to offer value for money to anyone else who supports the club.
"Everything changed very quickly and I'm confident we'll have a budget to compete in the UCL Premier Division.
"The image of the club is very important.
"We want to attract more sponsors plus talented players.
"We know it's a tough test in the UCL Premier Division but I'm excited to be back. We have a business plan in place and now we can focus on the squad."
Pinchbeck have agreed a deal to sign former Spalding United striker Jordan Nuttell while his uncle Derrick also joins the coaching staff.
Ross added: "Nuttell is an experienced player at this level with Boston Town, even though he's in his early 20s.
"We tried to sign him last season and I spoke to him again a couple of weeks ago.
"He wants to be loved but he has always played for managers who give him stick rather than praise.
"He's physically strong and he scores goals. Signing him shows the potential of where we want to go as a club.
"Derrick was actually our first signing of the summer even before he knew we'd been back in touch with Jordan.
"He is a different character to myself and Ian. He will be a calming influence when we get carried away on the touchline!
"Derrick wants to coach and develop young players."
Pinchbeck are looking to add four or five signings - but they have lost the services of goalkeeper Dan Swan to St Neots Town.
Ross added: "He will be a huge loss but he deserves this chance at a higher level.
"We'll also miss him as a character. His parents supported him and we want a friendly atmosphere around the club.
"Ricky Lovelace will become our number one, along with his coaching role, and Jamie Robinson moves up the pecking order."