Scott Ruscoe is backing Adam Roscrow to help The New Saints dominate

Boss Scott Ruscoe insists The New Saints’ new hitman Adam Roscrow is fired up and ready to help his side dominate Welsh football again.

The New Saints record signing Adam Roscrow from AFC Wimbledon. Pic: Josh Pearce/Salop Sports Photography.
The New Saints record signing Adam Roscrow from AFC Wimbledon. Pic: Josh Pearce/Salop Sports Photography.

TNS have been out of action since December 19 due to the FA of Wales’ decision to pause football action in the Cymru Premier and divisions below.

Following brief time off after Christmas, Ruscoe’s Saints have been training in preparation for action to resume from March 5, according to the latest update from the governing bodies.

TNS, who finished as runners-up to Connah’s Quay Nomads as last season was cut short by the pandemic, strengthened their position at the helm this term with the ambitious January acquisition of former Cardiff Met striker Roscrow on a club-record transfer fee from English League One side AFC Wimbledon.

Ruscoe said of Roscrow, who turned 26 this week: “We’d highlighted him before he went to Wimbledon, spoke to the manager there at the time, and our interest was lodged.

“He decided to give it a go in England because he’d played in Wales for so long and he’s a Welsh boy.

“Credit to him but sometimes moves just don’t work out and it didn’t for him.

“But if a manager trusts you, he’s at the right time and the right age, is hungry. He gives us good pace in behind.

“He has elevated us and showed our intent to go and dominate again.”

The boss added: “We’ve worked with Adam, he’s been mixing it up in the friendlies, we’ve showed him what we want from him. He’s looked sharp.

“He’s got a good record in our league, No.9s in our league that the goals at predominantly at the top end of our league.

“He’s still got Greg Draper he’ll be fighting for a place with and Dean Ebbe as well. They give us variation and rotation.”

Saints started the campaign on fire, with 12 wins and two draws from 14 before losing to rivals Connah’s Quay in December, but responded with two wins prior to the break.

Ruscoe’s men have lost warm-up friendlies by the odd goal to Liverpool and Burnley under-23s and beat Chester. They faced league rivals Cardiff Met this week and have friendlies with Bala and Stoke’s under-23s to come.

The Park Hall boss admitted the attitude of his players during the enforced two-month break has been ‘first class’.

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