TOMMY LAWSON says he has already identified “one or two” summer transfer targets for Skelmersdale United as he plots their assault on next season’s Evo-Stik League Premier Division.
Having secured promotion in style this season, Skem’s attention is already turning to next season, as they look to make an impression on their new division.
Team manager Lawson and his coaching staff are busy preparing a gruelling pre-season training schedule, and the boss is also scouring the market for players who can improve what is already as strong a squad as the club has had in recent years.
“I’ve already identified one or two names who I feel could be worth inviting to join us,” Lawson said.
“As a manager you never really stop looking, even in the close season.
“We have got a few weeks where we can bask in our success.
“We have a club presentation night coming up, which will be really good, but after that this season will be swept under the carpet, and we will look to next season.
“We will see who we can retain, who wants to move on, and who we can bring in.
“That is the same for every club, every summer.
“But I know that come the start of next season, we will have a good, competitive squad, for what will be a great challenge for us.”
Skem’s record-breaking season ended in slightly off-colour fashion as they went down 3-0 at home to North West Counties League Premier Division outfit AFC Liverpool in the semi-final of the Liverpool Senior Cup.
Lawson, though, says no gloss has been removed from a memorable campaign.
“It was probably just a game too far for us,” he said.
“We had the euphoria of the final game of the season, and the trophy presentation.
“Then there was a Merseyside derby on the Sunday, and then we had a long trip to Kings Lynn on the Monday.
“I think you could see that the players’ legs were heavy against AFC Liverpool.
“We didn’t do ourselves justice on the night.
“Full credit to them, though, I hope they go on and give a good account of themselves in the final, but for us, there is no shine taken off our season, it was just a game we didn’t manage to win.
“Of course we would have liked to have finished the season in style, and to have played well, but it was not to be.
“We won’t get down about one game at the end of a tremendous season for us as a club.”