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Bill’s bulletin: sign of the times

In the latest of his summer updates, chief exec Bill Williams on preparations for the new campaign…

With last season well and truly over for clubs from the Premier League down to our National League South and beyond, thoughts have of course turned towards next season and a summer rebuild.

At the end of May, Premier League clubs went about releasing all the players that were surplus to their requirements.

We saw some real big hitters on the move, which included my favourite player Eden Hazard who is on his way to Real Madrid from Chelsea. Phil Jagielka is leaving Everton after thirteen years and the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Antonio Valencia, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey are all off to pastures new.

Hundreds of players will come and go in the summer months, in fact a quick browse on the internet tells me that exactly 164 players have now left their Premier League clubs.

This first movement of players normally tends to create a ripple effect, which is just starting to show itself down at our level, with a great number of players signing up for non-league clubs over the past two weeks.

We have been busy ourselves working hard in the marketplace every day. We are pleased with our signings to date and hope to make a couple more announcements over the days ahead, should everything go to plan.

We have a smaller budget to work with this year and our ability to spend is becoming more difficult as the squad numbers increase.

To help increase our squad numbers we will be looking towards our academy and Under-23 development squad, where we will hope to add one or two fringe players to the first team.

Building a brand new squad is not easy, neither will bedding them in be! I’m sure we will get there in the end!

While writing, let me throw a couple of shameless adverts your way:

We have signed two or three players who live a fair distance away and are looking to try and find one or two supporters, with a spare room at home, who may be interested in a lodger for a period of time. If you are interested could you please contact me on 01622 753817 and we can talk it through.

Also, we’re on the lookout for a new club doctor. That will not be easy, particularly with the added workload that the NHS has thrown on these very busy people. But if you are a doctor or know one who you feel might be interested in getting involved with our club, please call me 01622 753817 and we can discuss what is involved.

Sorry about that bit of advertising but both are vital to how we will be able to operate next season.

Look forward to hearing from you.