Holdsworth's striker search hampered by cash flowBy Jon Couch
February 14, 2013
DEAN HOLDSWORTH has revealed his frustrations in bolstering his lightweight strike force – and has been told he’s got no money to help ease them.
The Aldershot Town boss has faced a constant struggle to strengthen his forward line since failing to strike a deal to extend the loan of Dani Lopez on transfer deadline day.
Holdsworth finally got his man this week in the shape of free agent Jeff Goulding – but could only bring in the former Cheltenham Town man on a one-in, one-out basis so, in exchange, Michael Rankine was shipped back out to former club York City on loan until the end of the season.
That said, the boss is hoping to be able to shuffle his pack again and land a second striker before Saturday’s trip to Cheltenham, but admits he has been held back by a damning assessment of club affairs by new chief executive Andrew Mills.
“I’ve been told I haven't got any money,” Holdsworth said. “That’s not me moaning about the position, that’s where we are as a football club. Andy [Mills] been very honest about things and said the club needs some re-structure and some help financially because we are not in a good position. It’s fine, I understand where we are at.
“If I can work a few things and get a few players out on loan then maybe it’s a different story. I’m hoping our situation changes.”
Goulding, 28, made over 100 appearances for the Robins, scoring 19 goals, before leaving the club last month. He has also featured, between 2008-10 for AFC Bournemouth and is close to making 150 Football League appearances.
Of Goulding, who is expected to make his debut against his former club on Saturday, Holdsworth said: “Jeff will help us and give us a different option. He’s a handful and at 6ft 3in gives us extra aerial ability as a target man.
“He’s been part of a successful Cheltenham team and has a real hunger to do well and prove a point. It’s good business for us.”
Rankine, on the other hand, rejoins the club the Minstermen after a frustrating spell at the EBB Stadium which yielded just six goals in 35 appearances since he arrived in the summer of 2011.
And Holdsworth hinted that Rankine’s days with the Shots may be numbered.
He added: “I would like to thank Michael for all he has done for Aldershot Town and wish him well for the future.
“This loan deal will also free up some finance to enable us to bring in another striker for the rest of the season.”