OPINION: Business done, but hopefully more to come

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One manager to get his transfer business done early this summer is Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk.

Boro have to date signed the majority of last season’s squad, as well as bringing in a number of former players.

Funk has underlined to me that more will follow and he could have up to five more on the Boro books by the end of this week.

We have already seen the return of the neat and tidy midfielders Jimmy Ghaicham and James Bennett.

The latter has already tweeted that he is pounding the streets of the East Riding to make sure the season doesn’t pass him by.

I was a fan of cultured defender Gaz Clayton in his first spell at the club and at the time was a little disappointed by his departure.

Steve Wilson will bring his experience to the coaching staff and will obviously be a useful back-up to Jason White.

A question mark possibly appears above the head of striker Sam O’Malley, who spent some time on loan at Boro from Grimsby Town last season.

He did little in that spell to impress me, but the keen eyes of Funk, Bryan Hughes and Paul Foot must have noted some potential.

Fans always need a big signing to whet their appetite and that is something I’m hoping for over the next week or so.

There is the competition for places now, which will be key, but everyone likes a marquee capture.

Boro’s Evo-Stik North rivals Darlington have already been at it with a number of these big signings.

The largest so far being former Barnet and Grimsby striker Liam Hatch, who has arrived from Blue Square Premier side Gateshead.

Also they have recruited two of Whitby Town’s better players in top-scorer Graeme Armstrong and full-back Tom Portas.

I’m sure that even at this stage they will be odds on to book top spot in that division.

I’m always impressed by the commitment of Funk though and how he does his business - face to face.

His tenacity often shines through and which players wouldn’t be impressed about teaming up with a coaching staff that boasts Premier League quality in Hughes and huge experience of non-league football in Foot.

Injuries and a slow start played a huge part last season, though Boro did have a good squad.

They switch into the unknown of the north league this time out, whereas another term in the south could well have seen them in at least the top five.

Time will tell over the next few months where Boro will find themselves, looking from a personal point of view I’m hoping for big things.