Blues will get reward for Hawkridge

Gainsborough Trinity v Oxford City. Trinity player Terry Hawkridge G130406-4g
Gainsborough Trinity v Oxford City. Trinity player Terry Hawkridge G130406-4g

Gainsborough Trinity’s commercial director John Myskiw has moved to reassure Blues fans that the club will not be left short changed by Terry Hawkridge’s move to Scunthorpe United.

The promising youngster was snapped up by The Iron this summer, along with Luke Waterfall.

But the move resulted in some negative press for the Blues, with Hawkridge’s former club Carlton claiming they were owed money from a sell-on clause.

Trinity moved to clarify the deal, insisting there was no fee paid for the winger, with Scunthorpe offering loan players in return for Hawkridge.

With some Blues fans questioning whether or not the club got a raw deal from Scunthorpe and their new chairman – former Blues owner Peter Swann – Myskiw said: “You would always like more, you could be greedy.”

“But with the sell on clause that we’re getting with Hawkridge, and the way he’s started at Scunthorpe, we hope that it won’t be long before a big club comes in for him.”

“And then we’ll get a reward for him.”

Myskiw says Trinity have moved to make amends with Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Carlton.

“We haven’t done anything in terms of back stabbing Carlton.”

“Pete (Wallace, club secretary) has been in touch with them to arrange something that they’d be happy with, and he’s had no comeback yet.”

“We’ve tried to do something about it.”

Myskiw and Wallace form part of a new board on the Northolme, and although he admits running the club is a learning curve, he’s pleased with the off-field progress this summer.

“We’ve got all the shirts sponsored, front and back, and the shorts and even the tracksuits,” he said.

“We’ve sold 14 new boards around the ground.”

“The fundraising is going well and we’ve raised nearly £6,000 in pre-season.”

“It’s all new for us but we have to start somewhere, and we’re going to learn as we go.”

“It’s more like a business now.”

He said the local community and firms have done their bit to help Trinity prepare for the season.

“The fans have done a hell of a lot around the ground, it’s a good sign that local people are happy to give up their time and effort.”

“And we’ve had things donated for the ground, things that would have cost thousands to repari.”

“There’s a good team spirit off the pitch and on the pitch,” he added.