TAMWORTH assistant manager Darron Gee has challenged striker Alex Rodman to help the Lambs get off to a flyer this season – and earn himself a move to the Football League.
Rodman has yet to sign a new deal with Tamworth but returned to pre-season training this week after a trial at League One new boys Notts County collapsed.
Now Gee wants Rodman to commit to the Lambs' cause.
He said: "Alex came back to training looking really fit.
"He was at the front in all the running and what he needs now is to get some games under his belt.
"There's no question that Alex is a top class player. He's got pace, can head a ball, scores goals and has a trick or two up his sleeve.
"But he needs to put his injury problems behind him and play some football.
"We have no problem with Alex wanting to play at a higher level. Everyone should aim to play as high as they can.
"What Alex needs to do is get back to playing regularly and show people what he can do.
"Clubs that have shown an interest never go away. They are always monitoring you to see how you are getting on.
"Hopefully, he will put pen to paper and help us early doors and then, if someone comes in, as long as it's beneficial to everyone concerned, we wouldn't stand in his way."
Gee, meanwhile, said he had been impressed by the levels of fitness of the squad as a whole as they returned to pre-season training at Whittington Barracks on Monday.
"They are a young bunch so they are generally fit anyway," he said.
"But they have come back looking sharp. We have mainly done fitness work so far but we have introduced a bit of ball work.
"Pre-season games come upon you pretty quickly so we have to be sharp."
Manager Gary Mills and Gee – who are believed to be interested in Mansfield striker Grant Ryan – were also casting an eye over a number of triallists in training.
But Gee was keen to keep the names under wraps, saying: "They are just young lads who we are giving an opportunity to show us what they can do in training.
"We'll see how it goes and if any impress, we'll take it from there."