Alex Pike is giving his players the festive gift of ‘a kick up the backside’ after increasing the competition for places at Gosport Borough.
The Borough boss expects to have three new faces in the ranks for tomorrow’s trip to Margate in Vanarama National League south as he plots the club’s continued assault on the play-off places.
I felt we needed to strengthen if we want to achieve our ambitions of getting into the play-offsAlex Pike
Young Eastleigh striker Tony Lee has joined the club on loan until the end of the season, while Liam MacDevitt and Corby Moore – who can both play in attack or out wide – should also be in the squad.
Pike said: ‘They will give us an injection going into the Christmas period and for the second half of the season.
‘We are sixth at the moment but if we win our games in hand, we could go up to third.
‘It’s important to have a squad that fits our profile.
‘We brought in some younger players at the start of the season and it has worked up until now.
‘Now I think I can improve it by bringing in these three players.
‘You don’t want a revolving door because you need a settled squad.
‘But teams also need freshening up.
‘I think there are two critical points: the start of the season and Christmas time.
‘Players need that kick up the backside so they don’t get comfortable.
‘I felt we needed to strengthen if we want to achieve our ambitions of getting into the play-offs.’
Lee is just 19 but has a physical presence and is highly-regarded by Eastleigh.
Former Yeovil Town man MacDevitt, who has also dabbled with a career in athletics, has raw pace and has gone below the 11-second barrier for 100m.
Moore, meanwhile, is an ex-Southampton trainee who worked under Borough coach Jason Dodd and can play out wide or behind the striker.
Pike said: ‘They all bring quality and something a bit different.
‘These lads are hungry and they want success. They fit into what we are looking to achieve.’
While it’s been a positive first half of the campaign in the league, Pike has not benefited from the cash injection of a run in the FA Cup or the FA Trophy this season.
And he admits he has had to juggle the finances by making room in the budget for his three new arrivals by releasing Rowan Vine, who has done well in his stint at the club.
Pike said: ‘I had to look at the budget. When we didn’t get through in the cups, I had to juggle things.
‘Rowan has been a victim of that as he is a non-contract player.
‘He has scored goals for us, has been very professional and a very good asset. I’m sorry to lose him.
‘It’s part of the job. I’ve got my budget and I don’t go over that so I have to juggle things around.
‘It’s a good thing about being full-time now is that I can look at these things a bit more closely.
‘I have never got involved in paying the wages before but now I can.
‘So I am looking at whether I am getting the chairman value for money and how we can improve.’