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Bill’s bulletin: gala suits and new recruits

In the latest of his summer updates, chief exec Bill Williams on the National League AGM and what’s looking like a busy week ahead…

I am writing this ahead of a three-hour drive to Wales for the National League’s Annual General Meeting. I’ve been to a few of these over the years and after the formalities of the meeting itself, the evening gala is always a good occasion and the chance to catch up with some old faces.

From my experience, league AGMs tend to rubber stamp what was agreed at the clubs’ meeting in January but this year there’s uncertainty hanging over a couple of clubs. Gateshead’s new owners have appealed their suspension from the National League and I was reading yesterday that Notts County have had a winding up order adjourned.

Of course, neither club’s fate will impact us directly but there is the potential for some disruption if appeals and legal proceedings drag on for the next few weeks.

There have been, and will be more, discussions about reprieves. Should Aldershot be reprieved, do Truro – who finished 20th in National South – avoid relegation or should Met Police, who won their league play-off but missed out in the ‘super play-off’ against Tonbridge get that spot?

I am sure there will be much debate and who knows what might happen between now and the 3rd of August. I may find out more tomorrow.

With three weeks until first-team training resumes and a month before our first friendly, all eyes are on who we’ve got signed up and who else is coming in.

There was a time you could round-up your week’s business in the KM but in this day and age the demand for updates is a constant one.

John and Hakan are putting in the hours to assemble our new team – I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve spoken with them this week.

It’s all very exciting though as we close in on some more additions. We’ve agreed two more deals this week and are tantalisingly close on another.

We’ve invited them to come in next week and with those two or three on board our squad will really start to take shape.

There will be more to come as we continue to talk to and tick off our summer targets. What has impressed me so far has been the hunger and desire of our new recruits, something I know John and Hakan will have instilled during those initial conversations.

I’ll sign off by thanking all those who’ve bought a season ticket so far. We’ve now passed the 800 mark, which is very encouraging at this stage of the summer break.