DINO Maamria has turned the January transfer window into a revolving door.
His “out with the old, in with the new” policy for New Year gave five players their debuts in the same match and was quickly followed by a sixth signing, while a seventh may be imminent.
Last in is Lincoln City’s 19-year-old midfielder Michael Robby, a former Bolton Wanderers apprentice.
Next in may be former Mossley and Morecambe centre-back Danny Meadowcroft, 22, in whom Maamria is keenly interested.
Against Aldershot the five fresh faces were:
Aaron Burns, 20, a former Manchester United junior and reserve who had a short spell at Cardiff City before signing for FC United of Manchester. Vics beat competition from relegation rivals Droylsden and Altrincham to sign the lightning quick striker, who was also offered trials at Portsmouth.
Keith Barker, a 6ft 3ins centre forward who started with Blackburn Rovers, has played in Belgium and has recently been with Irish outfit St Patrick’s.
Midfielder Cayne Hanley, 20, who Maamria knew from his Burnley connections and who has been with Kidderminster and FC United.
Clitheroe’s Joel Byrom, an attacker or midfielder, rated a hot prospect by various North West non-league managers.
Full-back Michael Bowler also 20, once on loan at Witton, came through the ranks at Stockport County and made 18 League Two appearances.
After the debuts, Maamria said: “I think we could all see why I brought them here. They all have a hunger to impress.”
Simon Rusk, signed by Vics from Boston United, in the summer has left to join York City and Mike Carr is poised to leave.
After requesting a transfer, he lost the captaincy to Mike Welch but Vics have had no offers yet for the popular midfielder.
His departure would leave only Mike Byrne and Richard Battersby from their 2006 Conference North championship side.
Byrne is suspended for Saturday’s trip to form club Burton Albion, as are Josh Wilson and Ryan Brown.
Maamria’s selection will also depend on who came through last night’s Setanta Shield tie at Barrow unscathed.
There is no move yet for any of the banished trio – Chris Williams, Paul Tait and Kevin Townson, all of whom are big earners and have been accused by Maamria of “sitting on their contracts”.
The PFA may become involved after Williams complained in a Sunday paper he had not been paid for two months.
Vics director Jim Rushe said: “What he said was untrue. He has been paid every penny, some of it in advance.”
Townson is on trial at League of Wales club TNS; Tait and Williams have shunned Leigh RMI.