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Since winning promotion from the Toolstation Premier League into the Southern League last season, Town’s players and management team have been enjoying a break from life on the pitch. But with the new season fast approaching, manager Kieran is already putting the team through their paces – and he says he’s itching to get going!
“We’ve been back over a week now, starting with a light session to introduce the new signings – they are settling in well. We’ve also paid a visit to Bath University to use their facilities there – that was good to get some exercise into the boys.
“The changes that I’ve made to the team over the past few weeks have been a natural progression. I’ve tried to keep core players and as much of the ‘local factor’ as possible, but also add more quality players where possible within the club’s wage bracket.
“We’ve retained Jon Davies from last season, and have taken on Kyle Phillips from Frome Town, Omar Simpson from Paulton Rovers and Mark Wall from Bradford Town.
“Chris Allen and Dan Demkiv have both moved on to Frome Town and I want to thank them for all of their hard work during last season.
“There could be more changes coming up and a few more additions to the team, as some players slip out of the pecking order from teams in the higher leagues – we could give them an opportunity to keep playing with us.
“Overall the team is shaping up lovely and I’m ready to get going – I’ve got itchy feet watching all of the action in the World Cup!
“I’m more prepared this season, I only had a week before stepping into the role, taking over from Darren (Perrin) last year. This season I’ve had more time to make signings and be more thorough with the lads’ fitness – finding out what needs improving after their time off, and also prepare the pre-season schedule.
“It was great to end my first season as manager with a promotion, so for my second year, I really want to build on this momentum.
“I’ve sat down with the chair of the club (Darren Perrin) and set out some realistic expectations for the new season. Sustainability is going to be key – we don’t want to be involved in any relegation battle. The aim is to remain safe and show strength – hopefully we can cause a few upsets for some of the teams and go on a good run.
“It might be a cliche, but we’ll take it game by game, but we’ll be researching thoroughly so that we can be fully prepared for each game.”